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

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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

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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 …

The Best Tools for Log Management

Best Log Management Tools: 51 Useful Tools for Log Management, Monitoring, Analytics, and More

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Gone are the days of painful plain-text log management. While plain-text data is still useful in certain situations, when it comes to doing extended analysis to gather insightful infrastructure data – and improve the quality of your code – it pays to invest in a reliable log management solution that can empower your business workflow. Logs are not an easy …

Cloud Monitoring Tips

6 Reasons Cloud Monitoring Is Different Than Server Monitoring

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Traditional IT monitoring has revolved around monitoring the infrastructures and servers. As you move to the cloud, it is possible that you don’t have either of those things. You could deploy your app via a service like Azure App Services and rely on Azure’s hosted Redis and SQL offerings. You could literally have access to zero servers. In the cloud, …

Software Testing Tips: How to Ensure Your App Functions Like a Well-Oiled Machine

Software Testing Tips: 101 Expert Tips, Tricks and Strategies for Better, Faster Testing and Leveraging Results for Success

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When you hear the term “software testing,” do you think about one particular type of test — such as functional testing or regression testing — or do you immediately start visualizing the complex, interconnected web of test types and techniques that comprise the broad world of software testing? Most experienced developers understand that software testing isn’t a singular approach, although, …

What's a C# Throw Exception?

How to Throw C# Exceptions Like a Major League Pro: Examples, Best Practices, and Everything You Need to Know

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Practically everyone who has ever used a web page or an app has encountered an exception at one point or another, but they probably didn’t realize what it was. Exceptions are pretty common ways to handle unexpected inputs but are they always the right way to handle such problems? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at C# exceptions, …

Develop your application with Spring Boot

How Spring Boot Can Level Up your Spring Application

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The Spring Ecosystem There are a two stable, mature stacks for building web applications in the Java ecosystem, and considering the popularity and strong adoption, the Spring Framework is certainly the primary solution. Spring offers a quite powerful way to build a web app, with support for dependency injection, transaction management, polyglot persistence, application security, first-hand REST API support, an MVC framework …

What is RestSharp?

What is RestSharp? An Introduction to RestSharp’s Features and Functionality

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RestSharp is one of the several ways to create a web service or web request in .NET; we discuss a few other such options in this post. In today’s post, though, we’ll take a look at RestSharp specifically, its features and benefits, and a few examples of RestSharp in action. Definition of RestSharp RestSharp is a comprehensive, open-source HTTP client library …

N-Tier Architecture

What is N-Tier Architecture? How It Works, Examples, Tutorials, and More

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Great products are often built on multi-tier architecture – or n-tier architecture, as it’s often called. At Stackify, we love to talk about the many tools, resources, and concepts that can help you build better. (check out more of our tips and tricks here)  So in this post, we’ll discuss n-tier architecture, how it works, and what you need to know …

The Java Profiler Profile

The Java Profiler Profile

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Debugging performance issues in production can be a pain and in some cases impossible without the right tools. Java profilers have been around forever, but the profilers most developers think about are only one type – there are actually three: Standard JVM Profilers that track every detail of the JVM (CPU, thread, memory, garbage collection, etc). Lightweight profilers that highlight your application with …

Dev Ops Increases Security (1)

How DevOps Increases Security, Not Hurts It

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One of the biggest challenges for development teams is having good visibility into production deployments. It is nearly impossible to track down application problems without access to critical data. Developers need access to a range of things, including application performance reporting, configurations, log files and more. Does DevOps create or solve security challenges? Possible DevOps Security Issues DevOps typically refers …

Software Quality

How to Evaluate Software Quality from Source Code

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I’ll understand if you read the title of this post and smirked.  I probably would have done so, opening it up only to see what profound wisdom awaited me.  Review the code, Captain Obvious.   So yes, rest assured, I understand the easy assumption that one can ascertain a codebase’s quality by opening it up and starting to review it. …

Top Source Code Repository Hosts

Top Source Code Repository Hosts: 50 Repo Hosts for Team Collaboration, Open Source, and More

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Every developer’s toolkit needs a good source code repository host; a good host for your code is especially useful for DevOps team collaboration and working with Open Source projects. There are many source code repository hosts available online, from the widely-used GitHub and Bitbucket to the lesser-known yet useful repo hosts catering to specific needs. Each one appeals to different …

What Is Function-as-a-Service? Serverless Architectures Are Here!

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It has never been a better time to be a developer! Thanks to cloud computing, deploying our applications is much easier than it used to be. How we deploy our apps continues to evolve thanks to cloud hosting, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service. What is Function-as-a-Service (FaaS)? FaaS is the concept of serverless computing via serverless architectures. Software developers can …