What DevOps Success Looks Like

DevOps Success Stories Across the Industry

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Across the world, companies from every industry are combining their development teams and operations teams to create one unified DevOps team. Teams are increasing productivity, transparency, and efficiency, while simultaneously decreasing bottlenecks and communication silos. Whether it’s a small restaurant POS startup out of Boston, or a world renowned ad agency, companies are making the switch and reaping the rewards. …

Understand the .NET Ecosystem

The .NET Ecosystem Demystified

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When I think of .NET, I think of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio. The first production version 1.0 of the .NET Framework was released on February 13 in 2002. In technology years, this is light-years ago. Since then, new versions of the .NET Framework have been released and Microsoft has started efforts to keep .NET a viable development platform …

Java Application Performance

How to Improve the Performance of a Java Application

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1. Introduction In this article, we’ll discuss a number of approaches that can be helpful for improving the performance of a Java application. We’ll start with how to define measurable performance goals and then look at different tools to measure, monitor application performance and identify bottlenecks. We’ll also look at some of the common Java code level optimizations as well …

Stackify Podcast

Developer Things #5: What Is BenchmarkDotNet & Nerding out on Performance with Matt Warren

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In today’s episode of Developer Things, host Matt Watson speaks to guest Matt Warren. Matt Warren works for CA on their application performance management solutions. He is also involved in the BenchmarkDotNet project and spends time blogging about .NET. Matt got his start in software development with a programming course in computer science, focusing mostly on Java, while he was …

software development lifecycle phases

SDLC Phases: Identify Current Problems

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Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a broad term for a set of methodologies designed to guide a software development project. SDLC is a “process that produces software with the highest quality and lowest cost in the shortest time.” SDLC Phases There are several SDLC methodologies, but most include a version of the following phases: Identify Current Problems Plan Design Build …

Web Performance Optimization

Why Premature Optimization Is the Root of All Evil

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One of the hardest parts of software development is knowing what to work on. We all love to write code and build things. Developers are also expensive and in short supply. One of the biggest challenges is making sure we are making good use of our time.  The last thing we want is to ship code that our users don’t …

Track Defect Escape Rate

How to Measure Defect Escape Rate to Keep Bugs Out of Production

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Every software development team is under a lot of pressure to ship product improvements as fast as possible. Most organizations now use agile methodologies and DevOps practices to ship software faster than ever. The reality is that software development is still a messy process. A potential byproduct of every software deployment are new software defects that are found in production, …

BizDevOps Process

A Quick Guide to BizDevOps

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Every company today should be terrified of disruption by a faster, more innovative competitor. In fact, as you read this article, Amazon is busy deploying a new release every second, and odds are they’re already planning to move into your industry. Any company that doesn’t keep a healthy fear of disruption — and speed up their own innovation — will …

low code development benefit

How to Choose the Best Low-Code Platform For Your Dev Team

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As late as June 2015, Alere (recently acquired by Abbott) still used Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to track their internal audits and enterprise risk management. It’s hard to believe that the world-renowned pharmaceutical and medical device company, who was featured in the classic business book Good to Great, relied on such a clunky system for such an important business process.  When …

Understand why you should track all exceptions.

Why Tracking and Monitoring All Exceptions is Important

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Modern applications are complex multi-tier and multi-layer systems that consist of multiple client-side apps, web servers, application servers, and database servers. The applications use third-party libraries, communicate with other applications using different communication mechanisms, and rely on cloud services and hosting providers. The complexity goes on and on and on. In other words, modern applications are Complicated with a capital …

microsoft azure managed services

We Found the 23 Top Azure Managed Service Providers

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Microsoft Azure is a beast of a cloud platform. It’s arguably the only true competitor to AWS, even though Amazon had a 4-year head start on building their cloud. What Microsoft has created is truly impressive, and all signs point to the Azure vs. AWS debate being far from over. If you’ve decided on Azure as your cloud platform, you …

Avoid these APM vanity metrics

Avoid APM Vanity Metrics – Use What Matters

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Metrics are how we assess aspects of our business, applications, and infrastructure. They allow us to measure and report on key indicators, and we can then use that information for making decisions, or to adjust for improved performance, stability and overall quality. While collecting and analyzing metrics can be hard work, in many respects, the most challenging aspect of working …

How to use Azure Deployment

Which Azure Deployment Model Should You Use? 4 Ways To Deploy

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Microsoft Azure is a great platform to use and it has many services and features. But how do you go about deploying your applications to the cloud and using them? There are several different options for deploying your applications in the Azure cloud and which one(s) you use and where you run them depends on the amount of control and …

Reasons why Application Logging Should be a part of your APM strategy

Why Application Logging is Critical to Your APM Strategy

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More information is always a good thing—especially when it comes to application performance monitoring (APM). One way to gather more information for APM purposes is to leverage application information in addition to environment data. In-context information generated and logged by the application itself can be invaluable when trying to diagnose and resolve anomalies during an application’s lifecycle. This article explains …

Top 42 IaaS Providers

Top IaaS Providers: 42 Leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service Providers to Streamline Your Operations

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Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS, is a cloud computing model which provides outsourced computing infrastructure to users and organizations. It can provide users with resources that include servers, network connections, storage, and features like content delivery networks and load balancing. IaaS providers maintain the equipment, while users rent or buy the specific services that they need. The term for …

Hiring ASP.NET Developers

ASP.NET Interview Questions: Tips for Hiring ASP.NET Developers

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There are hundreds of questions you could ask to determine a job candidate’s fit for an ASP.NET related position. Characteristics of a good candidate include high comfort level, skill level, and an in-depth understanding of essential and advanced development concepts. The interview questions below make a good primer for screening employees working in the .NET framework. That said, this list …

Shifting Left into Production

3 Reasons Why APM Usage is Shifting Left to Development & QA

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“Shift left” is a relatively new term that means activities and responsibilities are moving earlier in an application’s lifecycle (that is, moving left on the delivery chain). The shift left concept has been applied to practices like security and QA. But its usefulness is not limited to those processes. This article discusses three reasons why application performance monitoring (APM) can …

What is Agile Development?

What is Agile Methodology? How It Works, Best Practices, Tools

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Agile Methodology is a people-focused, results-focused approach to software development that respects our rapidly changing world. It’s centered around adaptive planning, self-organization, and short delivery times. It’s flexible, fast, and aims for continuous improvements in quality, using tools like Scrum and eXtreme Programming. How It Works It works by first admitting that the old “waterfall” method of software development leaves …

Hiring for DevOps Jobs

What to Look for When Hiring for DevOps Jobs: 24 Pros Reveal Top Hiring Considerations

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DevOps is everywhere these days. If you’re thinking of bridging or development and operations teams, or if you’ve already done so but are looking to expand your team, you’ll need to know what you should be looking for in your next DevOps hire. The good news: the DevOps talent pool is growing, and there’s tremendous talent to be found in …