How to Deploy ASP.NET Core Web App to Azure & How to Use Retrace With ASP.NET Core

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

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

Alexandra Altvater Insights for Dev Managers

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 …

Cloud Services Comparison

Azure vs. AWS Cloud Service Comparison: Which One is Better?

Alexandra Altvater Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

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. (Get a side-by-side, feature-by-feature comparison chart including Google Compute.) Customers love Amazon Web Services …

Azure vs. AWS vs. Google Compute

Compare Services & Features Between Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services vs. Google Compute

Alexandra Altvater Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

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 …

Anatomy of a developer

Anatomy of a Successful Developer Team Lead: What Makes a Good Developer Team Lead an Effective Leader?

Alexandra Altvater Developer Career Development, Insights for Dev Managers

A developer team lead is responsible for not just designing and writing code, but for the coordination of an entire development team. Team leads often transition from a role as a developer, QA tester, or other hands-on technical role to the position of team leader, but the transition isn’t always an easy one. So what makes a successful developer team lead? What …

3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

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

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 …

Continuous Integration Tools

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

Alexandra Altvater Insights for Dev Managers

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

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

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

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

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

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

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

Alexandra Altvater Insights for Dev Managers

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

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

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

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

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 …

software deployments best practices

How to do software deployments with confidence

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

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 …

Stackify Retrace is an Affordable APM for Developer Team

APM Pricing Is Now Affordable for All Developers, and Why They Should Care

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers, Popular

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 …

Building Our Office Space – Literally

Alexandra Altvater Insights for Dev Managers

I walked into our new office with a large bag on one shoulder filled with my precious desk chachkies and with my laptop bag and purse on the other shoulder. The first word that came to mind as I huffed and puffed through the door was this: open. Stretched before me was an impressive expanse of well-lit, carpeted floor and …

Top 18 APM Tools (Application Monitoring)

Top 18 APM Tools (Application Monitoring) You Should Consider

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

Every business is highly dependent on software these days. Ensuring that all of your organization’s mission-critical applications are running optimally at all times is priority #1! There is a wide range of application performance management and application monitoring (APM) tools on the market available for developers, DevOps teams, and traditional IT operations. There is a lot of gray area as …

15 Scrum Boards for your team

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

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 …