Find Slow Queries

Performance Tuning in SQL Server Tutorial: Top 5 Ways to Find Slow Queries

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SQL performance tuning is a never ending battle. I’m not a DBA, but I am a developer who has pretended to be one for 15 years.  I have worked with SQL Server databases with terrabytes of RAM all the way down to Stackify’s massive fleet of little SQL Azure databases. I have seen a little bit of everything over the …

JUnit 5 Code Example

A Look at JUnit 5’s Core Features & New Testing Functionality

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JUnit 5 is the updated version of the highly popular testing library for Java applications, JUnit, scheduled to be released in Q3 2017. The new version enables a lot more testing options and finally adds support for Java 8 features. In fact, JUnit 5 requires Java 8 to work. The library is composed of several modules, organized in 3 main sub-projects: JUnit …

Syslog Examples, Tools, and Best Practices

Syslog Tutorial: How It Works, Examples, Best Practices, and More

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Syslog is a standard for sending and receiving notification messages–in a particular format–from various network devices. The messages include time stamps, event messages, severity, host IP addresses, diagnostics and more. In terms of its built-in severity level, it can communicate a range between level 0, an Emergency, level 5, a Warning, System Unstable, critical and level 6 and 7 which …

Gradle vs. Maven

Gradle vs. Maven: Performance, Compatibility, Builds, & More

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Gradle is one of several Java development tools featured in Stackify’s Comprehensive Java Developer’s Guide, but it’s not the only build automation tool to consider. Maven is an older and commonly used alternative, but which build system is best for your project? With other tools, such as Spring, allowing developers to choose between the two systems, coupled with an increasing …

Find and fix issues in Hibernate with Retrace

How to Find Hibernate Performance Issues in Development and Production

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The Java Persistence API (JPA), and Hibernate ORM as its most popular implementation are used in most Java applications to interact with a relational database. The main reason for their popularity is that they use object-relational mapping to abstract the database interactions and make it very easy to implement simple CRUD operations. But this abstraction also has its downsides. Hibernate …

Docker Environment Variables Tips and Best Practices

Docker Environment Variables: How to Set and Configure Server Applications

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Docker is an open-sourced project that uses containers instead of virtual machines to run server applications. This is a setup that uses fewer resources for development and hosting, so it’s no wonder that Docker is taking the development world by storm. You can even use Docker with ASP.NET, and of course, you can leverage Stackify’s Retrace with your existing stack, including Docker, …

What is PowerShell Start-Process?

What is PowerShell Start Process? How to Execute a File from a Command Line in Windows

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PowerShell is an incredible tool; you can even extend its powers with Azure PowerShell to control Azure’s robust functionality, allowing you to use cmdlets to provision VMs, create cloud services, and carry out a number of other complex processes. At Stackify, we’re big fans of Azure, but that’s not to say it’s the best choice for everyone (check out our …

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

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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. …

dvanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

Advanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

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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

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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

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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

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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. …