Important Skills for .NET Developers

20 Development Leaders and .NET Pros Reveal the Most Common Skills & Characteristics of Great .NET Developers

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Microsoft’s .NET Framework is incredibly popular, and its widespread use is one of the reasons C# is gaining ground as one of the most popular and most-used programming languages. What’s more, .NET Core, a modular, open-source (check out the code on GitHub) development stack that’s already used by ASP.NET and .NET Native, is quickly gaining speed, which will heavily influence the …

What's a C# Throw Exception?

How to Throw C# Exceptions Like a Major League Pro: Examples, Best Practices, and Everything You Need to Know

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Practically everyone who has ever used a web page or an app has encountered an exception at one point or another, but they probably didn’t realize what it was. Exceptions are pretty common ways to handle unexpected inputs but are they always the right way to handle such problems? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at C# exceptions, …

What is RestSharp?

What is RestSharp? An Introduction to RestSharp’s Features and Functionality

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RestSharp is one of the several ways to create a web service or web request in .NET; we discuss a few other such options in this post. In today’s post, though, we’ll take a look at RestSharp specifically, its features and benefits, and a few examples of RestSharp in action. Definition of RestSharp RestSharp is a comprehensive, open-source HTTP client library …

Microsoft Build 2017 Review of Day Two – Windows News & Updates

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Welcome to Build and our Build 2017 review of day two! You can read our review of day one here: Microsoft Build 2017 Review of Day One – Azure News & Updates The theme of day two was all about love and engagement. New ways for developers to get their users to love their apps and increase engagement. Build 2017 Review …

Get tips to monitor IIS Performance

How to Monitor IIS Performance: From the Basics to Advanced IIS Performance Monitoring

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Need help on how to monitor IIS? This guide covers how to cover the basics including HTTP ping checks, IIS Application Pools, and important Windows Performance Counters. We also take a look at how to use an application performance management system to simplify all of this and get more advanced IIS performance monitoring for ASP.NET applications. From Basics to Advanced …

How to Monitor # of Exceps Thrown / Sec

Understanding # of Exceptions Thrown / Sec and How to Find Exceptions

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Exceptions can cause big performance problems. One of the most important performance metrics to track about your application is “# of Exceps Thrown / Sec“. It is available via Windows Performance Counters under the category .NET CLR Exceptions. In this article we will talk about exceptions, how to monitor your exception rate and find the actual exceptions being thrown. Is …

How to Generate C# Random Numbers, Pseudo vs Secure Random Numbers

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Random numbers are used in a wide variety of software applications. Depending on what you are using random numbers for, you will need to decide which type to use. For a music jukebox, the accuracy is not very critical. For something like a lottery or slot machine, the random number generator must be extremely accurate.  Read on to learn more …

How to Find Unhandled Exceptions

What is an Unhandled Exception and How to Find Them

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What is an Unhandled Exception? An exception is a known type of error. An unhandled exception occurs when the application code does not properly handle exceptions. For example, When you try to open a file on disk, it is a common problem for the file to not exist. The .NET Framework will then throw a FileNotFoundException. This is a simple example …

C# Exception Handling Best Practices

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Welcome to Stackify’s guide to C# exception handling. In this article we cover the following topics: Basics about C# Exceptions, including examples Common .NET Exceptions How to Create Your Own Custom C# Exception Types How to Find Hidden .NET Exceptions C# Exception Logging Best Practices What is an Exception? Exceptions are a type of error that occurs during the execution …

Dependency Injection C#

What is Dependency Injection C#? How It Works, Types of Dependency Injections in C#, and More

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In a recent blog post, we talked about how C# and .NET are the next big thing. If you’re planning to code in C#, dependency injection is just one of many things you should know. Read on for a primer on dependency injection in C# so you can use it to your advantage in your next project. Definition of Dependency …

Stackify Release Update

Big Stackify .NET APM Update is Here! v4.6 of Windows Agent Release

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After many months of hard work, we are preparing to release the latest Retrace agent for Windows / .NET, and along with this release, there are some changes to how we will be releasing our agents in the future. Change Around Automatic Agent Updates We have listened to a lot of feedback from our user base, and combined with the …

Troubleshoot High .NET App CPU in Production

How to Troubleshoot High .NET App CPU in Production

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One of our .NET background services running as an Azure Worker Role uses a lot of CPU and runs on a bunch of servers. I decided to spend some time today to see if I could troubleshoot high CPU usage in production. I documented how I went about solving the problem with ANTS and Process Hacker so hopefully, it could help others! …

WinDbg to Analyze .NET Crash Dumps - Async Crash

Using WinDbg to Analyze .NET Crash Dumps – Async Crash

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Last week, I had an urgent request from a client that we know well. They had an IIS app pool that was experiencing frequent crashes, and they couldn’t figure out why. Even though it fell out of the scope of Retrace, they thought we might be able to help. We love these sort of requests here, because it gives us …

Microsoft.Extensions.Logging

How to Use LoggerFactory and Microsoft.Extensions.Logging for .NET Core Logging With C#

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If you have used .NET Core, you have probably battled with the new built-in .NET Core LoggerFactory which is in Microsoft.Extensions.Logging. It has created a lot of confusion around logging with ASP.NET Core. At Stackify, we have logging integrations for log4net, NLog, Serilog, and our direct API. We have a lot of experience with building logging appenders and libraries to work with various …

implement a Web API with ASP.NET Core

Goodbye Web API: Your Guide to RESTful APIs with ASP.NET Core

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When ASP.NET Core was released, Microsoft and the .NET community decided to merge the functionality of MVC and Web API. This makes sense since the two have always been very similar. We went through the process of making an ASP.NET Core Web API with various scenarios and came up with these tips for anyone out there wanting to do the …

ASP.Net Core Logging

ASP.NET Core Logging Tutorial – What Still Works and What Changed?

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If you are getting started with ASP.NET Core, you are probably wondering what has changed with logging. In short, the answer is both nothing and everything. The common logging libraries you have always used with .NET still work. Microsoft does provide its own interface for logging with .NET Core and it uses it for .NET internals. In this article, we …

NLog Best Practices, Resources & Tips

Ultimate NLog Tutorial for .NET Logging – 19 Best Practices, Resources and Tips

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NLog is a very popular logging framework for .NET. It is second only to log4net in popularity but is much newer and has a few unique features. I recently also wrote a similar tutorial for log4net and after looking at them side by side, NLog has a lot of great features and advantages.   1. What is NLog? Why Should …