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IIS logs, error logs and more – 6 ways to find failed ASP.NET requests

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Your web application is throwing some sort of error or invalid response. Do you know how to troubleshoot IIS or ASP.NET errors on your servers? Luckily, Windows & ASP.NET provide several different logs where failed requests are logged beyond simple IIS logs. Get to know the 4 different IIS logs You are probably familiar with normal IIS logs, but there …

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How to do software deployments with confidence

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Everyone wants to ship their code faster. Agile development and all the variants of it have helped companies release software  more often and spend less time in large, waterfall planning and project management. Agile development still has one big problem… confidence in software deployments. Developers have no idea if they are really ready to ship their new version. Does this …

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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 …

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Essential developer tools to find bugs… before they get to production

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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 …

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APM pricing is now affordable for all developers, and why they should care

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APM Pricing has been historically out of control… One of the reasons I founded Stackify was because my developers didn’t have the tools they needed. The tools were designed for IT operations, the data my team needed was spread across too many different tools, and the pricing was very expensive. Sadly, several years later, not much has changed in the …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 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 a …

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Comparison of 18 Application Performance Management Tools / APM Tools

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In this post we are going to try and define what APM is and provide a list of available APM tools. Every business is highly dependent on software these days. Ensuring that all of their mission critical applications are running optimally at all times is priority #1! There are a wide range of application performance management and monitoring tools on the market …

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Case Study: Carbonite and Stackify’s Retrace

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”We turned on APM+ and within a couple of minutes were able to identify the issue and a few hours later push out a fix.” Who is Carbonite? Carbonite is a leading provider in backup recovery and archiving solutions for small businesses and home users. We fuel continuity by providing powerful yet simple tools to help keep businesses in business. …

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What’s new for Retrace v4 for .NET

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After months of hard work, we are excited to be releasing v4.0 of our .NET agent. The last major update v3.0, came out 6 months ago. This release has several major changes you should be aware of plus some exciting new features. Speed, baby, speed! Most importantly, we have spent many days doing nothing but optimizing the performance overhead of …

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15 Scrum Boards for your team

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First, let me say I had no idea there were so many agile board solutions out there. It is ridiculous. The market is completely saturated with contenders. This probably happened because software devs have a particular way they like to work and when they can’t find something they like, they build it themselves. However, out of the myriad of contenders there …

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DevCheats – Writing Better SQL Queries

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  In the first episode of DevCheats, CEO and Founder of Stackify, Matt Watson, demonstrates some tips, tricks and free tools to help write better SQL queries. Topics can be found at: 0:35 Using SQL Statistics 0:54 Finding high query reads 1:30 CPU time vs Elapsed Time 2:18 Execution Plans 2:45 Index Seek vs Index Scan 3:34 Supratimas 4:45 ALT-F1 …