What are Linux Logs?

What are Linux Logs? How to View Them, Most Important Directories, and More

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Logging is a must for today’s developers; that’s why we built Retrace with a built-in, centralized log management tool to enable you to collect all your log data in one place for streamlined monitoring and better insights. Retrace works out-of-the-box with your stack, including Linux, Azure, MySQL, Windows, AWS, Oracle, MongoDB, and more. And, it includes all the features you …

What is Pair Programming? Advantages, Challenges, and Tutorials

What is Pair Programming? Advantages, Challenges, Tutorials & More

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Developers do their best work when they’re inspired and empowered, as we discussed recently in this post. That means equipping your developers with the tools and resources they need to be more efficient, blending agility with accuracy to build better products, faster. There are several tactics for achieving these goals, many of which work well in tandem. Application performance monitoring, …

Top Docker Tools

Top Docker Tools: 51 Useful Docker Tools for Every Stage of the Development Pipeline

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Docker is sweeping across startups and enterprises alike, changing the way we build and ship applications. It’s the most prominent and widely known software container platform, and it’s particularly useful for eliminating common challenges when collaborating on code (like the “it works on my machine” phenomenon that most devs know all too well). With Docker, you can run and manage …

Learn how to support and show performance

Understanding & Profiling C# Async Await Tasks

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

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. …

dvanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

Advanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

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

Every application has specific functions that are mission critical. Including things like a customer’s ability to purchase something on your website or a REST API that handles thousands of requests per minute. Identifying and closely monitoring these key website transactions is a good best practice. Retrace enables deep performance monitoring of applications. You can monitor the overall performance of your entire application …

Java Software Errors and How to Fix Them

Top Java Software Errors: 50 Common Java Errors and How to Avoid Them

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There are many types of errors that could be encountered while developing Java software, from, but most are avoidable. We’ve rounded up 50 of the most common Java software errors, complete with code examples and tutorials to help you work around common coding problems. For more tips and tricks for coding better Java programs, download our Comprehensive Java Developer’s Guide, …

How Log4J2 Works: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out Of It

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Log4j2 is the updated version of the popular and influential log4j library, used extensively throughout the Java ecosystem for so many years. Version 2.x keeps all the logging features of its predecessor and builds on that foundation with some significant improvements, especially in the area of performance. And of course, given how instrumental logging is for any application, both for …

Java Management Extensions

What is Java Management Extensions? An Overview of JMX, mBeans and Consoles, Tutorials & More

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Java remains one of the most popular programming languages in 2017, landing second only to JavaScript among the languages developers use most. Developers for this popular language are in high demand, as well, requiring a diverse skillset including communication, in-depth knowledge of the ecosystem, and of course an understanding of the language so deep they could code in their sleep. …

What are Microservices?

What are Microservices? Code Examples, Best Practices, Tutorials and More

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Microservices are increasingly used in the development world as developers work to create larger, more complex applications that are better developed and managed as a combination of smaller services that work cohesively together for larger, application-wide functionality. Tools such as Service Fabric are rising to meet the need to think about and build apps using a piece-by-piece methodology that is, frankly, …

Improve security in DevOps

What is DevSecOps? How to Automate Security Testing

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

Every company wants to see their company getting press and media attention. Unless it is due to a hacker and a security breach. Every few weeks you see in the media stories of companies who were hacked. Getting a new credit card every few months because the data was hacked has been routine for most of us. The more that …

Unhandled Exceptions

How to Catch All Exceptions in C# & Find All Application Errors

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Exception handling is a critical component of every software application. The last thing you want is your users to see weird errors, or even worse, your application keeps crashing. In this article, we are going to discuss how to find and catch all exceptions in C# applications. .NET provides several different ways to catch exceptions and view unhandled exceptions. Topics …

What is Java DevOps?

What is Java DevOps? Benefits, Considerations, Tutorials and More

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DevOps sees the coming together of practices, philosophies, and tools that allow you to create services and applications very quickly. This means that you can improve on your apps and evolve them at a much faster rate than those developers who are using traditional software development processes. We’ve talked about DevOps, in general, a great deal, but today, we’re going …

DotNet Errors and How to Fix Them

Top .NET Software Errors: 50 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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Developing in .NET provides several powerful benefits, including less overall code, improved security, ease of updates/changes, and language independence. That said, the system isn’t without errors and problems. From common exceptions to coding mistakes to incorrect assumptions, most of these issues come down to programmer error. The list below shares the 50 top .NET software errors from around the web. …

Important Skills for .NET Developers

20 Development Leaders and .NET Pros Reveal the Most Common Skills & Characteristics of Great .NET Developers

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Microsoft’s .NET Framework is incredibly popular, and its widespread use is one of the reasons C# is gaining ground as one of the most popular and most-used programming languages. What’s more, .NET Core, a modular, open-source (check out the code on GitHub) development stack that’s already used by ASP.NET and .NET Native, is quickly gaining speed, which will heavily influence the …

What is Azure PowerShell?

What is Azure PowerShell? How It Works, Installation, Best Practices, and More

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We’ve talked about Azure and some of its helpful features before, such as Azure App Services and the oh-so-useful deployment slots, how to find Azure App service logs for your apps, and other tips. If you’re on the fence about what cloud service is right for you, you might find our recent Azure vs. AWS comparison helpful. However, if you’re …

Monitor Windows Services

What are Windows Services? How Windows Services Work, Examples, Tutorials and More

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There are many instances in which a developer might want to develop an application that runs as a Windows Service, and there are some distinct advantages to doing so. At Stackify, we aim to help make you a better developer in every possible scenario, and that’s why we built Prefix to help you debug Windows Services (and tons of other …

Web Application Performance Testing Tips

Fundamentals of Web Application Performance Testing

Erik Dietrich Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Software development, as a profession, has evolved in fits and starts over the years.  When I think back a couple of decades, I find myself a little amazed.  During the infancy of the web, hand-coding PHP (or PERL) live on a production machine seemed perfectly fine. At first blush, that might just seem like sloppiness.  But don’t forget that stakes …

Code Coverage Tools

The Ultimate List of Code Coverage Tools: 25 Code Coverage Tools for C, C++, Java, .NET, and More

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Code Coverage is a measurement of how many lines, statements, or blocks of your code are tested using your suite of automated tests. It’s an essential metric to understand the quality of your QA efforts. Code coverage shows you how much of your application is not covered by automated tests and is therefore vulnerable to defects. Code coverage is typically …

Java Logging Sins

9 Logging Sins in Your Java Applications

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Logging runtime information in your Java application is critically useful for understanding the behavior of any app, especially in cases when you encounter unexpected scenarios, errors or just need track certain application events. In a real-world production environment, you usually don’t have the luxury of debugging. And so, logging files can be the only thing you have to go off …

What is VisualVM? How to Use VisualVM, Benefits, Tutorials and More

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VisualVM is a Java profiler, one of the several types of Java performance tools (to see more of our favorite Java performance tools, check out this post). In today’s post, we’ll take a look at VisualVM, how it works, and some integrations and alternatives. A Definition of VisualVM VisualVM is a powerful tool that provides a visual interface to see deep and …