Find Slow Queries

SQL Performance Tuning: 7 Practical Tips for Developers

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

Being able to execute a SQL performance tuning is a vital skill for software teams that rely on relational databases. Vital isn’t the only adjective that we can apply to it, though. Rare also comes to mind, unfortunately. Many software professionals think that they can just leave all the RDBMS settings as they came by default. They’re wrong. Often, the …

Reducing MTTR in the Field: 10 Simple Steps Using Retrace

Reducing MTTR in the Field: 10 Simple Steps Using Retrace

Ben Munat Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

The last decade has ushered in a golden era of software engineering. The rise of cloud computing freed companies from managing their own data centers and provided on-demand scaling. These services allow for provisioning servers on the fly using configuration and code. Treating that task as just another type of software development led to the advent of DevOps. Cloud computing and …

Calculating MTTR: An Evolution Driven by the Rise of DevOps

Calculating MTTR: An Evolution Driven by the Rise of DevOps

Ben Munat Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

The shift to cloud computing and the DevOps revolution have fueled some important changes in the way we think about software development and monitoring. It has delivered huge benefits to the companies that have fully embraced the approach. In fact, the DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) 2018 industry survey found a new small group of “elite” performers that are deploying code far more often …

Retrace Custom Dashboards

5 Essential Retrace Custom Dashboard Widgets For DevOps Managers

Mitch Salva Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Imagine a man, a metaphorical man, slumped over, sitting silently across from you. Do you see him? Hastily smashing his fingers against the keyboard with a feverish sweat running down his neck.  He, like many, only opens his APM solution after those universally feared “oh shit!” moments. Like a firefighter with a magnifying glass, he dives into his logs looking …

Node.js Performance Tuning and Testing

Lou Bichard Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

We know Node.js for its lightning-fast performance. Yet, as with any language, you can write Node.js code that performs worse for your users than you’d like. To combat this, we need adequate performance testing. Today, we will cover just that with an in-depth look at how to set up and run a performance test and analyze the results so you …

ELMAH Is Dead. Get More Detailed Exceptions With Retrace

Phil Vuollet Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates

For many years, ELMAH was the go-to logging utility for ASP.NET. It caught exceptions that came up through the IIS response pipeline and logged them along with contextual information. It also put a subpage on your site that you could visit to view logged exceptions. It was a great tool for catching, logging, and viewing unhandled exceptions for monolithic ASP.NET …

Stackify Retrace Releases Support for PHP

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

Stackify was founded with the goal of giving developers the all the tools they need to troubleshoot and monitor their applications. We are very excited to announce that we now have support for PHP monitoring to go along with support for .NET and Java applications. What is Retrace? Retrace is an application performance management (APM) solution that combines code-level performance …

Retrace release

What’s New in Retrace: Java on Windows Support Now Available

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

We are happy to announce the release of Java on Windows in Retrace! This latest Retrace release aims to provide first-class support for monitoring Java web applications and services running on Windows systems. Now all the Java APM features that you could use on Linux are now also available for Windows! In addition, the release supports the most commonly used …

Retrace Logging and Error Tips

5 Awesome Retrace Logging & Error Tracking Features

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

Retrace combines several tools that developers need for application monitoring in one easy to use tool. Retrace has some really amazing log management and error tracking features because of the tight integration between our APM, errors, and logging tools. In this article, we are going to highlight some of the top features that you should be using with Retrace! Organize …

How To Monitor Java Services with Retrace

How to Monitor Java Services – Performance, Errors, and more

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

In the real world, a lot of mission-critical business logic lives in background services. Buying something from an e-commerce website, like Amazon, kicks off a wide array of tasks that must be completed after you click to confirm your order. Monitoring the performance of your web applications is only part of the puzzle if you want to proactively ensure your …

VinSolutions Gets Secure Visibility with Retrace

Retrace Helps VinSolutions with Risk-Free Visibility for Their Dev Teams

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

The Choice: Security or Visibility Stackify was founded because we were frustrated that our development team didn’t have the tools that they needed. We used a variety of tools like Nagios and Splunk, but none of our developers had access to them. What’s worse, even if they did, the tools only told part of the story and presented a unique …

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 …

Retrace Product Release: Deployment Tracking

Why You Need Deployment Tracking In Retrace!

Megan Horton Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

In conversations with our customers, a common requirement is how to identify when things start “slowing down”, or “behaving like an angry nerd who missed out on free LaCroix”.  The questions usually continue and developers start wondering about the deployment process.  Sure, we all know it “worked on your machine”, but what is it doing in Staging, QA, or Production? …

Retrace Product Release: September 2017

Megan Horton Stackify Product & Company Updates

One of the only things you can count on happening in the technology industry is constant change, and Stackify’s APM tool, Retrace, is evolving again!  Client feedback, industry needs, and the underlying goal of delivering better tools for developers has all culminated into the latest release of Retrace. There is a game-changing new Deployment Tracking feature, full support for highly …

Monitor Web Services with Retrace

How to Monitor Web Services Performance 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 has 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 recently added even more …

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 …

ASP.NET Issues

How to Troubleshoot ASP.NET Web Application Problems

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Troubleshooting application problems are never fun. We would much rather be writing code on some cool new project. In this article, we will cover some tips on how to troubleshoot ASP.NET web applications. ASP.NET troubleshooting topics: Is Your Web Application Returning Lots of Errors? Entire application is slow Troubleshooting a specific web request Is Your Web Application Returning Lots of …

Retrace Azure Functions

Azure Functions Performance Monitoring with Retrace

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Serverless computing is here, and I expect it to become really popular with developers over the next few years. At Stackify we are starting to take advantage of Azure Functions. As developers and a developer tool company, we know that it is still critical to monitor the performance of our application, even if it is deployed through a function-as-a-service platform …

Monitor Your Code With Retrace

How to Use Retrace Tracked Functions to Monitor Your Code

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

Our goal at Stackify has always been to provide developers a simple way to monitor the performance of their applications. By default, Retrace tracks the performance of dozens of different common application dependencies and frameworks. This includes things like SQL databases, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Redis, external REST services, and much more. Full list of supported frameworks: .NET or Java But what …