Application Insights – 16 things every developer needs to know

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Application Insights is Microsoft’s lightweight application performance monitoring service. I have collected a nice list of things that every developer should know. Including tips, key features, and limitations. 1. Make sure your app targets .NET 4.6, and .NET 2.0 is not supported There are some changes in the 4.6 version of the .NET framework that enables some additional data collection …

Optimize code

Transaction tracing helps developers optimize their code as they write it

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

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 …

Three Favorite Open Source Java Libraries

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

I’ve used a number of Java open source libraries over the years in a variety of projects. Java developers are lucky to have a long list of community libraries to pull from. Here are a few standouts that have made their way into virtually all of my new development. These were chosen because they have clean interfaces, provide significant value, …

Prefix: A lightweight ASP.NET profiler helping you write better software

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

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 …

Debugging Windows Services with Prefix

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

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 …

Finding Hidden Exceptions in Your Application with Prefix

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

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 …

Trace remote HTTP calls with Prefix

How to Use Prefix to Troubleshoot Remote HTTP Calls

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

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 remote 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 …

Compare Top APM tools

Comparison of 18 APM & Application Monitoring Tools

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

Every business is highly dependent on software these days. Ensuring that all of your organization’s mission-critical applications are running optimally at all times is priority #1! There is a wide range of application performance management and application monitoring tools on the market available for developers, DevOps teams, and traditional IT operations. There is a lot of gray area as to …

When a .NET Core Azure App Service won’t start: 502.5 Process Failure

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

In the process of testing Retrace with .NET Core I decided to use the example MusicStore app as a test application. Pulling down the source from GitHub and deploying it to Azure App Services is easy right? Correct, and totally wrong both as it turns out. After hours of headaches… I figured I needed to share how I finally solved my …

How to Write Better SQL Queries

DevCheats – How to Write Better SQL Queries

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

  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 for Writing Better SQL Queries 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 …

What is Code Profiling? Learn the 3 Types of Code Profilers

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

For those of you do do not know a lot about Stackify, we do a lot of things around application performance and have actually written a couple profilers ourselves. We know a lot about code profiling for .NET and Java. Today I want to talk about the three different types of profilers and describe the differences between them and talk …

Software Development – A Team Sport

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

This month we’ve been talking a lot about tools we use for different phases of development. We even wrote a whole eMagazine dedicated to tools and interviewed six power devs to find out what they’re using to build better applications. Download that here if you haven’t.   While tools for writing, troubleshooting and monitoring are critically important, we don’t spend …

How we named Prefix: It was a little hairy

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

  Naming things is hard—unless it’s a dog or a kid. That’s easy (apparently)! A brand or product name is a totally different kind of anxiety. Creating the product is comparatively easy. This is the story of the name that almost won, how it came to be, and how it continues to live exactly where it should—in the dark recesses of our code. …