Developer Things Episode 4 feat. Jason Taylor

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

Matt Watson Developer Things Podcast

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 …

java developers are in high demand

5 Reasons You Won’t Starve as a Java Developer

Elena Ruchko Developer Career Development

Despite being over 20 years old, Java is still one of the most widely-used programming languages. Just look at the stats: according to the 2017 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, Java is the third most popular technology in the world. The TIOBE index, which is a ranking based on the number of skilled engineers worldwide, courses, and third-party vendors, shows an …

Web Performance Optimization

Why Premature Optimization Is the Root of All Evil

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

One of the hardest parts of software development is knowing what to work on. We all love to write code and build things. Developers are also expensive and in short supply. One of the biggest challenges is making sure we are making good use of our time.  The last thing we want is to ship code that our users don’t …

Track Defect Escape Rate

How to Measure Defect Escape Rate to Keep Bugs Out of Production

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Every software development team is under a lot of pressure to ship product improvements as fast as possible. Most organizations now use agile methodologies and DevOps practices to ship software faster than ever. The reality is that software development is still a messy process. A potential byproduct of every software deployment are new software defects that are found in production, …

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 …

Top Features of ASP.NET Core

Top 13 ASP.NET Core Features You Need to Know

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

ASP.NET is one of the most successful web application development frameworks by Microsoft. With every update, new and extended features are added that help developers deploy highly scalable and high-performance web applications. When coupled with application monitoring and other performance tools, such as a profiler, ASP.NET becomes a powerful solution for building incredible apps. Within the framework itself, there are …

Retrace Empowers Your Developer Team

Retrace Delivers Easy-to-Navigate Logging to VinSolutions’ Developers

Alexandra Altvater Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Let’s Talk Logs Application and server logs are the eyes and ears for developers when it comes to troubleshooting application problems. Traditional log management solutions do not provide any features for tracking and identifying application errors. What’s worse, multiple users using your application at the same time can cause a major tangle in your logs. Sorting through your logs to …

Multiple Media Types in Java Microservices with RESTEasy

Lyndsey Padget Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Today we’ll be talking about microservices in Java. While it’s true that Java EE has a robust platform for writing, deploying, and managing enterprise-level microservices, in this article I will create a RESTful microservice that is as slim as possible. Don’t worry – we won’t be reinventing the wheel by marshaling our own data or anything. We’ll be using JBoss’ …

What is Dependency Injection?

.Net Core Dependency Injection

Jared Nance Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

What is Dependency Injection? Dependency Injection (DI) is a pattern that can help developers decouple the different pieces of their applications. It provides a mechanism for the construction of dependency graphs independent of the class definitions. Throughout this article, I will be focusing on constructor injection where dependencies are provided to consumers through their constructors. Consider the following classes: class Bar …

Java Glossary and the Core Concepts in the Java Language

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Java Language and Terminology In this article, we’ll explore the foundations and core concepts of the Java language and terminology. The write-up is divided into sections, ordered alphabetically to enable fast and easy search for these definitions. A abstract – a keyword used in a class or method definition, which specifies that the method/class is not going to be instantiated, …

Shifting Left into Production

3 Reasons Why APM Usage is Shifting Left to Development & QA

vpower Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

“Shift left” is a relatively new term that means activities and responsibilities are moving earlier in an application’s lifecycle (that is, moving left on the delivery chain). The shift left concept has been applied to practices like security and QA. But its usefulness is not limited to those processes. This article discusses three reasons why application performance monitoring (APM) can …

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 …

What is HockeyApp?

What is HockeyApp? How It Works, Key Features, and More

Alexandra Altvater Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

HockeyApp is a service that allows developers to recruit and manage testers, distribute apps, and collect crash reports, among other things. It started out as a way to install beta apps on iOS devices, a process that Apple calls “ad hoc” distribution, or installing apps outside of the official App Store. From the words ad hoc, it was named Hockey. …

Finally, An Official Shell in Java 9 – Introducing JShell

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Introduction to JShell The shell or the REPL is a well-known tool in many programming languages. Typically, this is more common in scripting languages such as Python or Node, but more recently it’s been adopted by JVM languages like Clojure and Groovy as well. The upcoming Java 9 release finally brings this shell functionality to the Java language as well, in the form …

PowerShell Commands Every Developer Should Know

PowerShell Commands Every Developer Should Know: 50+ Cmdlets for Getting Things Done, Monitoring Performance, Debugging

Alexandra Altvater Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Many developers love PowerShell, and for good reason: it adds power, functionality, and flexibility to the Windows Command Prompt, where many of us spend a good deal of time. It does, however, come with a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered the essential commands you need to know, it’s productivity on steroids. PowerShell commands are known as cmdlets, …

How To Be a 10X Developer

10x Developers are Good at These 3 Things, and You Can Be Too

Matt Watson Developer Career Development, Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Nearly every software developer or programmer has encountered code written by someone else that proves the cliché “anyone can code.” But have you ever encountered the supposedly mythical “10x Developer?” Being a 10x developer has less to do with excelling at writing code and more to do with knowing exactly what code to write. Many of us began programming for …

Understand ROI of APM

6 Types of ROI for APM (Application Performance Management Tools)

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

It has been said that nearly every business is now a software business in some form or another. That means that the reliability and performance of their software applications are critical to their success. Unfortunately, many application performance management (APM) tools have been very expensive and targeted at only large enterprises. The price of APM for 20 servers can range …

What is Agile Development?

What is Agile Methodology? How It Works, Best Practices, Tools

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

Agile Methodology is a people-focused, results-focused approach to software development that respects our rapidly changing world. It’s centered around adaptive planning, self-organization, and short delivery times. It’s flexible, fast, and aims for continuous improvements in quality, using tools like Scrum and eXtreme Programming. How It Works It works by first admitting that the old “waterfall” method of software development leaves …

Spring 5 Reactive Programming

Doing Reactive Programming with Spring 5

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

The upcoming Spring 5 Framework has a strong focus on Reactive Programming, allowing us to write both servers and clients using this paradigm. The Spring 5 implementation uses the popular Project Reactor as a base. This article will be an introduction to writing both Reactive Clients and Servers using the new tools available in version 5 of the framework. What Is …