Developer Things Episode 4 feat. Jason Taylor

Developer Things #4: Why 20,000 Developers Love Prefix with Jason Taylor

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Matt and Jason discuss the free developer tool Prefix. Launched 18 months ago, it has now been downloaded by 20,000 developers in 140 countries. Prefix helps developers find and fix bugs in their code while they are writing it. Prefix is based on the same technology that Retrace uses to monitor servers in production or QA. It tracks key methods in …

List of top features and tips for ASP.NET

Advanced ASP.NET Trace Viewer – WebForms, MVC, Web API, WCF

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What did my code just do? That is a critical question that developers always need to know. Application logging, tracing, and profiling are the primary ways that developers can answer this question. In this article, we’ll review ASP.NET tracing and how to view your tracing statements with Prefix. Intro to ASP.NET Tracing Tracing is built into the .NET framework and has …

Stackify's Latest Release: Prefix v3.0 is Here

Prefix New Release: Prefix v3.0 is Here!

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After months of hard work, we’re thrilled to release the latest version of Prefix, Prefix v3.0. In this new version, we fixed a number of bugs and added a few major enhancements including: A major .NET profiler update Better remote tracing New feature: the ability to disable suggestions Improved Remote Tracing with Prefix v3.0 One of Prefix’s key features has …

Learn how to support and show performance

Understanding & Profiling C# Async Await Tasks

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Microsoft and the .NET community have made asynchronous programming very easy with their implementation of async await in C#. The latest versions of ASP.NET heavily utilize it to improve performance. Many performance monitoring and profiling tools struggle to support and visualize the performance of asynchronous C# code. Stackify’s Prefix & Retrace products both have excellent support for applications using C# async await. …

Java Profilers

List of Java Profilers: 3 Different Types and Why You Need All of Them

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Debugging performance issues in production can be a pain and in some cases impossible without the right tools. Java profilers have been around forever, but the profilers most developers think about are only one type. Let’s dive into the 3 different kinds of Java profilers: Standard JVM Profilers that track every detail of the JVM (CPU, thread, memory, garbage collection, …

Optimize code

Transaction tracing helps developers optimize their code as they write it

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The best time for developers to optimize their code is while they are writing it. Developers can leverage the detailed transaction tracing available from APM type tools, like Prefix, as a fast feedback loop to understand what their code is doing and how long it takes. Prefix works as an ASP.NET profiler and also works with several common JVMs for …

Essential Application Profiling Tools to Find Bugs in Your Code

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Developers love tools, and they tend to use a lot of them. Many of them are such a normal part of our daily lives and toolchain that we don’t even think of them as tools anymore. Your computer, the Internet, a simple text editor, and source code repositories are a good example of this. They are just fundamental things we …

Prefix: A lightweight ASP.NET profiler helping you write better software

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Of all the modern development practices which I use day to day, none other has been more beneficial to me than the introduction of quick feedback loops in my workflow. Although a concept made popular by the Agile methodology and practices, it’s something most of us deal with when we invoke the compiler (or linter) which tells us if our …

The best log viewer for developers in the universe

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It is hard for developers to imagine troubleshooting applications problems without debug logging. When all else fails and you can’t figure out what your code is doing, our answer is to always add more logging. But unfortunately, log files can a spaghetti style mess thanks to lots of web requests happening at a single time. Prefix can organize your logging …

How to track the performance of any method in your code with Prefix

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Prefix is a lightweight profiler for .NET and Java developers. It enables developers to easily see what their code is doing. Including SQL queries, HTTP calls, errors, logs, and much more. Because it is a profiler, it can also be customized to track any method in your code or third party libraries! In this article we explore why that is useful …

Debugging Windows Services with Prefix

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Prefix enables developers to easily see what their code is doing as they write and test their code, including SQL queries, HTTP calls, errors, logs, and much more. Prefix is most often used with web applications, but .NET Windows Services are also supported. This article discusses how to use Prefix with a Windows Service or console application. Learn more about …

Finding Hidden Exceptions in Your Application with Prefix

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Prefix enables developers to easily see what their code is doing as they write and test their code, including SQL queries, HTTP calls, errors, logs, and much more. One of the best features of Prefix is its ability to see all of the exceptions that are occurring in your code. There are 3 types of exceptions: Unhandled – the user got a …

How to View SQL Queries from Your Application Code with Prefix

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Prefix enables developers to easily see what their code is doing as they write and test their code. Including SQL queries, HTTP calls, errors, logs, and much more. This makes Prefix really handy for viewing SQL queries your code is using. Prefix is free! Learn more about Prefix After installing Prefix, it will automatically track all SQL calls. No code changes are needed, …

Trace remote HTTP calls with Prefix

How to Use Prefix to Troubleshoot Remote HTTP Calls

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Prefix enables to developers to easily see what their code is doing. Including SQL calls, errors, logs, and much more. One of the key features is tracking remote HTTP calls to know if they worked, how long they took, etc. Viewing what the code did on a remote server takes it one step further to simplify the daily life of …

How we named Prefix: It was a little hairy

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  Naming things is hard—unless it’s a dog or a kid. That’s easy (apparently)! A brand or product name is a totally different kind of anxiety. Creating the product is comparatively easy. This is the story of the name that almost won, how it came to be, and how it continues to live exactly where it should—in the dark recesses of our code. …

Why Calling a Web Service Takes Longer Than You Think

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There are a lot of ways to make a web service or web request in .NET. Common libraries include HttpClient, WebClient, WCF generated clients, RestSharp, and, of course, your low-level HttpWebRequest/HttpWebResponse objects. If you want to track the true performance and amount of time it takes to make such a request, you need to understand all the steps involved in …

How to use Prefix to profile your own custom code

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Today’s desktops and servers are amazingly fast. For most developers and apps, their actual code takes nearly ZERO time to execute. Almost all of the time is spent executing a database query, connecting to web service, etc. This is also why asynchronous programming is so important and has become so popular. Our goal with Prefix and the Stackify APM is …