.net blogs for developers

The Top 10 .NET Blogs You Should Follow Today

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

As the Microsoft framework becomes more powerful (and more popular), the more important it will be to stay abreast of the latest news and updates. Luckily there is an entire ecosystem of teachers, writers, thinkers, and speakers that are dedicated to pushing .NET forward. You’ve surely come across a few of the big time .NET blogs already. Scott Hanselman is …

Performance counters in .NET Core

How to Use Performance Counters with .NET Core: Current Solution, Alternatives, and the Future

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Performance counters are really important for monitoring and troubleshooting problems with your .NET applications. The full .NET Framework provides a wide array of performance counters that are very useful for troubleshooting application problems. Some examples of important performance counters are garbage collection and exception rates. Without these, you will be flying blind. In this article we will discuss how to …

SSL authentication logging with web debugging proxies

Debugging Tricky HTTP Problems with Fiddler and Charles

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Almost every application these days communicates over HTTP: websites, RESTful services, and even SOAP APIs all make use of Hypertext Transfer Protocol. For the most part, we don’t worry too much about what is happening at the network level when we’re building these applications. However, from time to time a problem will show up that needs us to drop to …

microsoft azure managed services

We Found the 23 Top Azure Managed Service Providers

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Microsoft Azure is a beast of a cloud platform. It’s arguably the only true competitor to AWS, even though Amazon had a 4-year head start on building their cloud. What Microsoft has created is truly impressive, and all signs point to the Azure vs. AWS debate being far from over. If you’ve decided on Azure as your cloud platform, you …

How to use Azure Deployment

Which Azure Deployment Model Should You Use? 4 Ways To Deploy

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Microsoft Azure is a great platform to use and it has many services and features. But how do you go about deploying your applications to the cloud and using them? There are several different options for deploying your applications in the Azure cloud and which one(s) you use and where you run them depends on the amount of control and …

Get started with Azure Event Grid

Getting Started with Azure Event Grid Services

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Azure Event Grid is an awesome new service in Azure, which connects applications together through event messaging. This way of working decouples application components, which enables more scalability, maintainability, and extensibility. The image below illustrates this. Orders are written in and Azure Cosmos DB database. Event Grid reacts to each new order and publishes that as an event and the …

Monitor Windows Services

How to Monitor Windows Services: Performance, Errors, Usage

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

It seems like everyone these days is writing cool ASP.NET web applications. However, we all know that a lot of the real work is still done behind the scenes in background services. Buying something on Amazon no doubt kicks off a waterfall of tasks that are done behind the scenes to fulfill a single order. Including verifying stock, shipping, contacting …

Top 42 IaaS Providers

Top IaaS Providers: 42 Leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service Providers to Streamline Your Operations

Angela Stringfellow Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS, is a cloud computing model which provides outsourced computing infrastructure to users and organizations. It can provide users with resources that include servers, network connections, storage, and features like content delivery networks and load balancing. IaaS providers maintain the equipment, while users rent or buy the specific services that they need. The term for …

Hiring ASP.NET Developers

ASP.NET Interview Questions: Tips for Hiring ASP.NET Developers

Alexandra Altvater Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

There are hundreds of questions you could ask to determine a job candidate’s fit for an ASP.NET related position. Characteristics of a good candidate include high comfort level, skill level, and an in-depth understanding of essential and advanced development concepts. The interview questions below make a good primer for screening employees working in the .NET framework. That said, this list …

ASP.NET crash

How to Troubleshoot an ASP.NET Crash & Analyze w3wp Crash Dumps

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Internet Information Services (IIS) uses a pool of worker processes (w3wp) to run ASP.NET web applications on Windows servers, but dealing with them crashing is no fun. The good news is, we are here to help provide you with resources on how to isolate and solve these issues, including how to identify crashes, capture crash dumps, and interpret them. Stackify …

Azure Data Storage

Where to Store Your Data in Azure? Understand Azure Data Storage Options

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Microsoft Azure is huge! There are so many services that it is sometimes hard to determine which ones you should use when. This is also true when it comes to storing your data in Azure. There are many different services in Azure that you can use to store your data in, but which one is right for you? Obviously, the …

Retrace now supports Azure WebJobs

How to Monitor Azure WebJobs: Performance, Errors, Usage

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Azure Cloud Services and App Service made it relatively easy to run web applications in the cloud. Developers still need a simple way to run tasks on a schedule at pre-defined  times or specific intervals . We commonly use simple console apps via the Windows Task Scheduler to handle these needs. WebJobs were released as part of Azure App Service …

PaaS Services Developers Love

Top Azure PaaS Services That Developers Love and Why

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

The Microsoft Azure cloud offers a lot of services for almost every scenario that you might need. You can categorize these services into cloud computing types like IaaS, PaaS and SaaS to determine the amount of control and responsibility you have versus the time you can spend on building things that matter. Let me explain these types a bit further: …

When to use Asynchronous Programming

When to Use (and Not to Use) Asynchronous Programming: 20 Pros Reveal the Best Use Cases

Angela Stringfellow Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Asynchronous programming is a form of parallel programming that allows a unit of work to run separately from the primary application thread. When the work is complete, it notifies the main thread (as well as whether the work was completed or failed). There are numerous benefits to using it, such as improved application performance and enhanced responsiveness. But, like all …

top developer podcasts

The 21 Best Developer Podcasts Right Now

Ben Putano Developer Career Development, Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Finding a great developer podcast isn’t as easy as it used to be. There are literally hundreds these days, with new shows starting ever week and old ones giving their final farewell. So if you’re on the hunt for a new podcast, where do you even start? After failing to decode iTunes’ terrible search function and reading all the “Ultimate …

Web Service Monitoring With Retrace

Web Service Monitoring With Retrace

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

Today’s applications depend on a wide array of 3rd party and internal web services. Retrace’s web service monitoring capabilities have always been able to monitor how often your code accesses any type of HTTP web services over REST, SOAP, etc. This includes popular external services like Twilio, SendGrid, Amazon S3, or others. It also would include your own microservices. We …