Top Bug Tracking Tools

Top Bug Tracking Tools: 50 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 …

Why Production Monitoring Can Come Too Late in the Development Process

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I’ve spent a number of years, now, writing software.  At the risk of dating myself, I worked on software in the early 2000s.  Back then, you couldn’t take quite as much for granted.  For example, while organizations considered source control a good practice, forgoing it wouldn’t have constituted lunacy the way it does today. As a result of the different …

What are 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 …

Metrics for Measuring Software Productivity & Efficiency

22 Software Developers and Development Leaders Reveal the Best Metrics for Measuring Software Development Efficiency and Productivity

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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 timesheets, or should you focus on customer satisfaction to evaluate team …

Stackify Rising Star and User Experience Awards 2017

Stackify Wins 2 Awards in 2017

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Stackify’s Retrace APM gets distinguished with the Great User Experience Award and Rising Star of IT Management Software Award for the year 2017. With a moderately long, but notably positive record of helping developers track logs and fix bugs, Retrace is often referred to as the ‘pleasant surprise’ in the IT management software industry. There is no sentence we’d prefer to …

Best VS Code Extensions

Top Visual Studio Code Extensions: 50 Powerful Tools to Make Visual Studio Even More Useful

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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 …

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

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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. The following code will throw a NullReferenceException if the variable “text” being passed in is null. You can’t call ToUpper() on a null string. public …

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

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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 Generate C# Random Numbers, Pseudo vs Secure Random Numbers

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Random numbers are used in a wide variety of software applications. Depending on what you are using random numbers for, you will need to decide which type to use. For a music jukebox, the accuracy is not very critical. For something like a lottery or slot machine, the random number generator must be extremely accurate. There are two types of …

What is an Unhandled Exception, and How to Catch All C# Exceptions

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What is an Unhandled Exception? An exception is a known type of error. An unhandled exception occurs when the application code does not properly handle exceptions. For example, When you try to open a file on disk, it is a common problem for the file to not exist. The .NET Framework will then throw a FileNotFoundException. This is a simple example …

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

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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

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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 …

What is regression testing?

What is Regression Testing? Definition, Benefits, and Challenges of Regression Testing

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We talked a bit about the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) in a recent post, but today, we’re going to dig a little deeper into one particular and crucial element in the testing phase, particularly for Agile development: regression testing. Definition of Regression Testing Regression testing refers to the process of testing a changed or updated computer program to make …

Azure vs. AWS Cloud Comparison

Azure vs. AWS: 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. (For a side-by-side, feature-by-feature comparison chart including Google Compute, check out this post.) Customers …

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 …

ASP.NET Core Web Servers: Kestrel vs IIS Feature Comparison and Why You Need Both

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The Kestrel web server is a new web server as part of ASP.NET Core. It is now the preferred web server for all new ASP.NET applications. In this article, we will review what it is, how to use it, and the differences between Kestrel vs IIS. Why Do We Need the New Kestrel Web Server? What about IIS? If you have …

Software Error vs Exception – In Real World Examples

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After 15+ years of software development, I still use the words error and exception interchangeably. But is there a difference between exceptions and errors? 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 …

The 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 …