Cutting Azure Costs

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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Top 3 Azure App Services Limitations

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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. 1. Remote Desktop is not …

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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 market …

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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 …

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Exit the Orbit of Application Obscurity

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Between the “experience economy” and “software eating the world,” all successful companies of the future will be communication/software companies. Fortunately, I’m a communication strategist that works for a software company. #futureproofed In the past four years, Stackify has been a productive company. We’ve built applications that help developers keep their code on a tight leash (i.e. make their code visible …

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Improved Performance using JSON Streaming

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Many of us have been in “that” situation; the app is slowing to a crawl, and memory consumption is spiking through the roof. Is it a memory leak? Have the web gremlins finally broke through the firewall and found our system? So much time and energy is wasted trying to find out. At Stackify, every millisecond spent processing a transaction counts, …

I, for one, welcome our new Bot Overlords.

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  Bots. It’s all about the bots. And AI. It seems that ever since Microsoft //Build this year, I can’t read any tech publication without the mention of some combination of bots, AI, and machine learning. There’s certainly no denying that it’s a hot topic, and lots of developers are working on it. Those developers, and more importantly, the consumers …

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Compete Developer Takeover: Guide No. 1

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build//better is a humble little eMag that we are putting together as another way to write about and share developer stuff we’re interested in and think can be useful.   This Issue: Application development teams need to be more agile than ever. Old models can’t deliver on new philosophies. The first guide in this series provides five sections of insights to help you …

Prefix for ASP.NET Core RC1 is available!

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We are excited to have you try out the latest version of Prefix which now supports ASP.NET Core RC1. We have been playing with the new version of ASP.NET since the early betas to ensure that we could support it. We pride ourselves as being one of the industry leaders when it comes to profiling solutions for .NET, so ASP.NET …

Why Calling a Web Service Takes Longer Than You Think

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There are a lot of ways to make a web service or web request in .NET. Common libraries include HttpClient, WebClient, WCF generated clients, RestSharp, and, of course, your low-level HttpWebRequest/HttpWebResponse objects. If you want to track the true performance and amount of time it takes to make such a request, you need to understand all the steps involved in …

Prefix vs Glimpse: SQL Queries

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This article is meant to illustrate a high-level comparison of how Prefix and Glimpse track SQL queries. While the two tools are similar (they’re both designed to help us understand different elements of our code’s performance) the two products have some unique pros and cons. Here’s a comparison based on our own experience with both tools. How to enable Glimpse …