Software Testing Types, Metrics, and More

The Ultimate Guide to Performance Testing and Software Testing: Testing Types, Performance Testing Steps, Best Practices, and More

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Performance testing is a form of software testing that focuses on how a system running the system performs under a particular load. This is not about finding software bugs or defects. Performance testing measures according to benchmarks and standards. Performance testing should give developers the diagnostic information they need to eliminate bottlenecks. Types of performance testing for software To understand …

Get tips for error handling in ASP.Net

Best Practices for Error Handling in ASP.NET MVC

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Error handling is an important part of any application. ASP.NET provides several different ways to handle errors. In this article, we will review MVC error handling best practices. 5 Ways to do MVC Error Handling Between .NET, ASP.NET, and MVC there are several potential ways to handle application errors. Web.Config customErrors MVC HandleErrorAttribute Controller.OnException method HttpApplication Application_Error event Collect exceptions via …

Top Bug Tracking Tools: 51 Useful Tools for Tracking and Collaborating on Bugs and Issues for Better Software Development

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Dealing with code problems is a natural part of the development process. For small projects, you can sometimes get away with local testing and local notes, but as your software keeps growing, it’s a good idea to start thinking about a centralized bug and issue tracking solution that can archive the progress of your development cycle. Likewise, it will be helpful …

Ultimate log4j Tutorial for Java Logging – Best Practices, Resources and Tips

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Logging is a critical feature of any application. In this tutorial we will cover some log4j best practices that can help you get started and improve how you do logging with log4j. What is log4j and why should you use it, or any Java logging framework? A logging framework is important for any Java/J2EE based application. By changing the configuration, …

Powershell commands

What are PowerShell Commands? Understanding PowerShell’s Cmdlets with Code Examples, Tutorials, and More

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Definition of PowerShell PowerShell is the shell framework developed by Microsoft for administration tasks such as configuration management and automation of repetitive jobs. The term ‘PowerShell’ refers to both – the shell used to execute commands and the scripting language that goes along with the framework. The scripting aspect of it is similar to Perl programming. The shell is comparable …

SQL Server Express

What is SQL Server Express? Definition, Benefits, and Limitations of SQL Server Express

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If you use SQL in your work, you have several options available, ranging from enterprise options to the free SQL Server Express. Monitoring SQL queries are just one of the many things you can monitor with Prefix, so today we thought we’d take a closer look at how SQL Server Express stacks up to the more advanced, paid options, its …

Productivity Metrics

Development Leaders Reveal the Best Metrics for Measuring Software Development Productivity

Stackify Developer Career Development, Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

We’ve talked a lot about Agile development and DevOps — particularly, the always-pressing need to rapidly ship new versions of their code and update their products. But when it comes to evaluating the productivity of your development teams, what metrics matter most? Should you merely be concerned with deadlines and time sheets, or should you focus on customer satisfaction to evaluate …

Best VS Code Extensions

Top Visual Studio Code Extensions: 50 Powerful Tools

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Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code provides developers with a robust marketplace packed with useful tools and extensions that make VS Code even more functional and customizable to meet every developer’s needs. New extensions are added regularly, and you can find tools, libraries of snippets, and just about anything else you could want to streamline the development process. In fact, Stackify Prefix …

Get tips to solve null reference exception

What is NullReferenceException? Object reference not set to an instance of an object

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Null reference errors are responsible for a good percentage of all application bugs. They are usually very simple problems caused by not adding additional logic to ensure that objects have valid values before using them.  Here are some ways to avoid NullReferenceException. The following code will throw a NullReferenceException if the variable “text” being passed in is null. You can’t call …

How to Monitor # of Exceps Thrown / Sec

Understanding # of Exceptions Thrown / Sec and How to Find Exceptions

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

Exceptions can cause big performance problems. One of the most important performance metrics to track about your application is “# of Exceps Thrown / Sec“. It is available via Windows Performance Counters under the category .NET CLR Exceptions. In this article we will talk about exceptions, how to monitor your exception rate and find the actual exceptions being thrown. Is …

How to Deploy ASP.NET Core to IIS & How ASP.NET Core Hosting Works

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Live Queue

Previously, I discussed the differences between Kestrel vs IIS. In this article, we will review how to deploy an ASP.NET Core application to IIS. Deploying an ASP.NET Core app to IIS isn’t complicated, but ASP.NET Core hosting is a little different than ASP.NET. How to Configure Your ASP.NET Core App For IIS The first thing you will notice when creating …

How to Deploy ASP.NET Core Web App to Azure & How to Use Retrace With ASP.NET Core

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

ASP.NET Core is the latest version of ASP.NET. It is built from the ground up using .NET Core, the lightweight, composable new .NET Framework. Some people love it, some don’t. However, this is the future. Microsoft will move forward with .NET Core and in the future, the regular, full-fledged versions will go away. I like ASP.NET core a lot. It …

Cloud Services Comparison

Azure vs. AWS Cloud Service Comparison: Which One is Better?

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We’ve used Azure for nearly five years at Stackify; in fact, we built Retrace with Azure in mind. But is Azure the right cloud for you? The battle between Azure and AWS is heated, so we decided to see how they measure up in this head-to-head comparison. (Get a side-by-side, feature-by-feature comparison chart including Google Compute.) Customers love Amazon Web Services …

Azure vs. AWS vs. Google Compute

Compare Services & Features Between Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services vs. Google Compute

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The easiest way to compare the big cloud services players is by evaluating products, services, and features in a direct comparison to determine which cloud best meets your needs. So we’ve done just that, pitting Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud against each other in this head-to-head comparison chart. (For a detailed discussion comparing Azure and AWS, check out this post.) Microsoft …

Software Error vs Exception – In Real World Examples

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

After 15+ years of software development, I still use the words error and exception interchangeably. But is there a difference between error and exception? I think it is best to make the distinction with some examples of errors vs exceptions. Example #1: Dishwasher Errors Let’s use this example of a dishwasher. Both images depict a problem, or error, that happened with …

Best Load Testing Tools

Top Load Testing Tools: 50 Useful Tools for Load Testing Websites, Apps, and More

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As every developer knows, what works in the ideal scenario (a.k.a. your production environment) won’t necessarily work in the real world. That’s why you need tools like Retrace to help you quickly track down bugs and performance issues to keep things running smoothly. Load testing, just one of many valuable testing methods you can use before release to ensure that …