SQL Azure Elastic Pool

SQL Azure Elastic Pool – Product Review

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

At Stackify, we have about 1,000 SQL Azure databases. Monitoring, managing, and right sizing these databases creates a unique set of challenges. For security and scalability, each of our clients has their own database. As you can imagine, each client is in a different sizes and we have wildly different performance characteristics from one databases to another. We are excited …

Log tagging

Log tagging creates smarter application logs #awesomelogs

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

How many combined log statements do your applications and infrastructure produce in a day? 50,000? Over a million? Here at Stackify, our applications generate around 100 million log entries every day. Even after feeding them into Stackify’s powerful log management and filtering tools, it can be difficult to distill things down into meaningful, actionable diagnostics with an incredibly high volume …

Improve JSON Usage

11 Ways to Improve JSON Performance & Usage

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

JSON is easy to work with and has become the standard data format for virtually everything. Although originally derived from the JavaScript scripting language, JSON is now a language-independent data format and code for parsing and generating JSON data is readily available in many programming languages. At Stackify, we use JSON extensively for REST APIs, serializing messages to queues, and …

Even better APM

APM+ v2.2, even better .NET Application Performance Management

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

We are very excited to release APM+ v2.2 today! We first released APM+ for ASP.NET in April and have been working tirelessly to make it the best APM product on the market for ASP.NET application performance management. We think today is that day! First off, special thanks to everyone has used the product to date and all of your wonderful …

APM + the best application performance management

Retrace is Transforming The Way .NET Developers Optimize Application Performance

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

Today at Stackify, we’re very proud to announce the launch of our new product, Retrace APM+. This first release specifically targets ASP.NET, but as the platform continues to grow, support will be added for other popular programming languages. More details will be announced later this year. Stackify Retrace builds on top of the great foundation of our current offering, known for great real-time …

software deployment tips

Ultimate Software Deployment Checklist & Deployment Plan

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Use this checklist to improve your software deployment process! Deploying software releases is a mixture of planning, testing, late hours, and celebratory beers. This software release checklist is intended to be a guide to help improve how your team achieves this complicated and sometimes hairy task.  Part 1: Planning and Software Deployment Preparation  Collaboration Between Development and Operations It is …

C# Redis – Implementing Cache Tagging

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Redis has quickly become one of the top open source key value stores around. We at Stackify have been using Windows Azure’s Managed Cache but have had a long history of intermittent problems with it. So we decided it was time to bite the bullet and give Redis a try, which Azure now supports and actually recommends it over their previous …

Application troubleshooting market research

52% of application issues took over half a day to fix – market research

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

Stackify’s Application Troubleshooting Survey Reveals Integrated Tools Lead to Significant Response Time Improvements. 37% of developers rely on user notifications to identify issues, yet integrated tools reduce customer impact by 62%   Embed Our Infographic On Your Site! <img src=”https://stackify.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/igillath7.png” alt=”Application troubleshooting infographic – An Infographic from Stackify” width=”100%”/><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Embedded from …

Best Developer Websites

Websites Every Developer Should Visit: Programming News, Tutorials & More

Angela Stringfellow Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

In every industry, there are at least a handful of experts considered authorities on the subject. Most have a blog or website, making them the premier trusted resources industry-wide. Likewise, you’ll usually find a community or two where all the professionals immersed in the field turn to when they need to converse with like-minded professionals. The same holds true in …

How to Tail a Log File

Tail a Log File on Windows & Linux

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

It turns out there are a bunch of people on StackOverflow looking for ways to tail a log file, but there don’t appear to be many resources for all the different tips and tools to do this. If you’re a Java or .NET developer, just getting started with tailing log files, or a seasoned developer who needs something quick and easy to set …

The Golden Rule of Programming

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

There is one particular issue that seems to be the root of most bugs in software programs. I see it over and over and over. Like most programmers, it has caused me heartburn since the day I started programming. So I have worked hard to make sure that my code never breaks my golden rule. I remind my development team …

Windows Azure Diagnostics: The Bad, The Ugly, and a Better Way

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

If you’re a .Net web developer today, no doubt you’ve enjoyed watching Windows Azure grow up over the past couple of years. The platform has scaled, stabilized (mostly), and added on a slew of great (and sometimes overdue) features. What was once just an endpoint to host a solution, developers today have tremendous flexibility and options in the platform. Organizations …