3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

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Agile development has created a process for developers to rapidly ship a new version of their code. DevOps is the next step in the process. It is the ability to help get that code to production as fast as possible. DevOps should be about empowering your development team to be able to do their job and support their apps from …

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Top Continuous Integration Tools: 50 Tools to Streamline Your Development Process, Boost Quality, and Enhance Accuracy

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Poorly managed development projects are bound to crash eventually, and it has likely happened to you a dozen of times already. While writing code can be a lot of fun, managing code and dependencies can quickly become a maze of its own when you’re dealing with the continuous growth of your codebase and feature branches. At Stackify, we aim to …

What is DevOps? – Give Your Development Team Ownership

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DevOps has been a hot topic for the last several years. I have always had a love-hate relationship with the term. Most argue it as all about team culture and collaboration. Vendors have done everything they can to latch their products onto the DevOps bandwagon. As you will read below, I have my own opinion about what is DevOps and …

How to Use Azure DevTest Labs for Test Environments and Dev Machines

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DevTest Labs is one the best and probably least used features on Azure. It is similar to creating virtual machines on Azure but provides some specific features and advantages we will review. Here are the following topics we are going to cover: What is Azure DevTest Labs? Test Environments Dev Machines in the Cloud What is Azure DevTest Labs? Azure DevTest …

Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast: Application Performance Management and the New Development Mantra

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By Charles Araujo, Principal Analyst, Intellyx In the mid-1980’s my dad ran SWAT teams for the LA County Sheriff. As a team leader, he had a simple mantra that he had learned while training with the Navy Seals and which he and his team repeated before every entry: “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.” This simple phrase was their reminder …

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What is Functional Testing? Types, Tips, Limitations & More

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A Definition of Functional Testing Functional testing is a type of software testing that evaluates the performance of individual functions of a software application. The purpose of functional testing is to ensure that the application and all of its individual functions work as they should in the real world and meet all requirements and specifications. It’s a valuable testing method …

Azure App Services: 3 Limitations & 9 Awesome Features

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Azure App Services make it really easy for developers to deploy and manage their applications. They take away all the complexity of dealing with servers, which greatly simplifies the life of a developer. The way that Azure App Services work creates a few limitations that all developers need to understand. This article highlights some of those. 3 Key Azure App Service …

Why APM is Valuable to Every Part of Your Business

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Virtually every business depends on mission-critical software to run their business. Any slight application slowdown or outage can lead to legions of unhappy employees or customers. Application Performance Management (APM) solutions can help monitor for performance issues, but they can also be used to gain insights to proactively improve performance as well. APM is not just a tool for IT …

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22 Tips to Lower Azure Pricing and Optimize Hosting Costs

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Microsoft Azure provides a powerful set of services to help developers build and deploy their apps. Azure makes it so easy to use that you can quickly let your Azure hosting costs get out of control.  However, there are ways to better manage your Azure pricing and optimize your overall costs. At Stackify, we have been using Azure for over 4 …

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How to do software deployments with confidence

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Everyone wants to ship their code faster. Agile development and all the variants of it have helped companies release software  more often and spend less time in large, waterfall planning and project management. Agile development still has one big problem… confidence in software deployments. Developers have no idea if they are really ready to ship their new version. Does this …

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APM pricing is now affordable for all developers, and why they should care

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APM Pricing has been historically out of control… One of the reasons I founded Stackify was because my developers didn’t have the tools they needed. The tools were designed for IT operations, the data my team needed was spread across too many different tools, and the pricing was very expensive. Sadly, several years later, not much has changed in the …

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Comparison of 18 Application Performance Management Tools / APM Tools

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  In this post we are going to try and define what APM is and provide a list of available APM tools. Every business is highly dependent on software these days. Ensuring that all of their mission critical applications are running optimally at all times is priority #1! There are a wide range of application performance management and monitoring tools on the …

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15 Scrum Boards for your team

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First, let me say I had no idea there were so many agile board solutions out there. It is ridiculous. The market is completely saturated with contenders. This probably happened because software devs have a particular way they like to work and when they can’t find something they like, they build it themselves. However, out of the myriad of contenders there …

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Brian Madsen, of the LIDNUG Talks Team, Time Off and Tools

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Brian Madsen is a full stack developer residing in Stockholm, Sweden and the founder of the .NET User Group on LinkedIn (LIDNUG) that boasts upwards of 52,000 members. In his career, he’s worked in architecture and moved to team lead and then development lead in the last 5-6 years. He’s currently a consultant with byBrick. Brian has been building in …

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Software Development – A Team Sport

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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 …

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QA in a Start Up Mentality

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I have been on the Stackify team for just short of 2 years now and, let me tell you, it has been a wild ride. Until recently, I was the only QA resource on a team of 8-10 developers. I had never been on a team with that many devs to QA’s, but I learned quickly it could be done. We’ve …