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 …

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 …

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 …

3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

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. What do development teams need to embrace DevOps? DevOps should be about empowering your development team to be able to do …

Top Continuous Integration Tools

Top Continuous Integration Tools: 51 Tools to Streamline Your Development Process, Boost Quality, and Enhance Accuracy

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Poorly managed development projects are bound to crash eventually. It’s 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 make the …

What is DevOps?

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 …

Azure DevTest Labs

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? …

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 …

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

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

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 …

APM Investment

APM Investment: Understand APM Value By Department

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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. Investing in Application Performance Management (APM) solutions monitors performance issues, but also help improve the customer experience. APM is not just a tool for IT Operations. APM has grown into an essential tool that …

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 …

New Relic Alternatives

Looking for New Relic Alternatives & Competitors? Learn Why Developers Pick Retrace

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

  New Relic is one of the industry leaders for SaaS based application performance management. There are now at least 15-25 New Relic alternatives for APM tools in general. Probably about half of those alternatives are available as SaaS APM. New Relic Pricing Forcing You to Look for Alternatives? We talk to companies every day that are currently using New …

software deployments best practices

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 …

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 …