Software Development – A Team Sport

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

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 …

5 Tools for Successful Customer App Support

Alexandra Altvater Insights for Dev Managers

I have had the privilege of starting my career at Stackify. Being fresh out of college and working with customers who were much more experienced in the industry than I was, taking on the role of providing support was a bit overwhelming. Learning how to support such a complex tool has been exciting and challenging, but one of the first …

Why Calling a Web Service Takes Longer Than You Think

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

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

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

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 …

Prefix Tips and Tricks

Alexandra Altvater Insights for Dev Managers

We’ve been getting some great feedback about our new Prefix tool. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get it here. We’ve been using this tool as we build our Stackify product and want to share a few Prefix tips and tricks that you may or may not have picked up as you are using it. Watch the video for step-by-step detail. We’ve summarized …

The 7 Ps of High Performance Cloud Apps

Courtney Insights for Dev Managers, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Say it with me… “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor PaaS Performance.” I’m sure you have heard the original 7 Ps before. My version is a little different as I have decided to focus on the performance of platform as a service (PaaS). Hopefully this saying will help you remember some of my tips for building higher performance web apps! …

What Microsoft Azure Got Right for Developers

Courtney Insights for Dev Managers

Microsoft Azure has changed dramatically since it was launched in 2010. Microsoft decided early on to focus directly on what developers need and has been leading the industry when it comes to “Platform as a Service” for Windows & .NET developers ever since. This article is a review of some of the key innovations they got right for developers from …

What is APM? Overview, Common Terms, and 10 Critical APM Features

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

APM refers to application performance management or application performance monitoring and is an essential tool to help optimize and monitor the performance of your apps. You could argue that application performance management and application performance monitoring are the same things. Conversely, it could be argued that management infers being more proactive and monitoring only being reactive when it comes to the …

SQL Azure Elastic Pool

SQL Azure Elastic Pool – Product Review

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

At Stackify, we have about 1,000 SQL Azure databases. Monitoring, managing, and right sizing these databases creates a unique set of challenges. For security and scalability, each of our clients has their own database. As you can imagine, each client is in a different sizes and we have wildly different performance characteristics from one databases to another. We are excited …

Improve JSON Usage

11 Ways to Improve JSON Performance & Usage

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

JSON is easy to work with and has become the standard data format for virtually everything. Although originally derived from the JavaScript scripting language, JSON is now a language-independent data format and code for parsing and generating JSON data is readily available in many programming languages. At Stackify, we use JSON extensively for REST APIs, serializing messages to queues, and …

Even better APM

APM+ v2.2, even better .NET Application Performance Management

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

We are very excited to release APM+ v2.2 today! We first released APM+ for ASP.NET in April and have been working tirelessly to make it the best APM product on the market for ASP.NET application performance management. We think today is that day! First off, special thanks to everyone has used the product to date and all of your wonderful …

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How to future-proof your app to prevent performance issues

Alexandra Altvater Developer Career Development, Insights for Dev Managers

When John F. Kennedy said that “the time to repair the roof is while the sun is shining” in his State of the Union address, application development was probably the last thing on his mind. Yet his notion of preparing in advance to pre-empt tough times is something that can certainly be applied to the world of app development. As …

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Distributed Method Mutex – How To Prevent Duplicate Event Processing At Scale

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

Distributed Method Mutexing Stackify handles millions of incoming metrics and log messages on a daily basis. This creates some unique challenges to coordinating various types of events that are triggered as data flows in and system settings are modified. When events are constantly firing for various reasons across multiple servers it can be very challenging to ensure that certain types …

Ways to troubleshoot apps

4 Ways the Cloud Has Influenced App Troubleshooting

Craig Ferril Insights for Dev Managers, Stackify Product & Company Updates

The rise of cloud computing has ushered in an era of unprecedented productivity for developers over the past several years. For those who have embraced this new world order, gone are the days of long lead times for hardware procurement and installation, architecture defined by slow-moving hardware upgrades, hardware-constrained scalability and flexibility, and a world where only sys admins have …

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Supporting Production Applications the DevOps Way

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

Software applications are more complex than ever. If your application is slow or down for even five minutes customers will blow up on Twitter for the whole world to see. To prevent this, developers and operations have to work together in lockstep when deploying and supporting applications. Preventing and fixing application problems quickly is critical to keep your outage from …

Context to exceptions

3 Data Sets That Bring Context to Exceptions

Craig Ferril Insights for Dev Managers

Even the smallest exception can cause material damage to your company’s operations, which, in turn can have repercussions on revenue. So it’s obviously important to have a grasp on your plan to track and troubleshoot exceptions.  It seems like a simple enough process – the exception is raised, you look at it, and then make changes to your app so …

Improve app troubleshooting

3 Ways to Improve Troubleshooting Exceptions

Craig Ferril Insights for Dev Managers

Your application is perfect, flawless in every way and always works… right? It’s more likely you spend a fair portion of your time troubleshooting problematic behavior in your applications – probably more than you’d care to.  And that’s not because your code is necessarily buggy; it’s because applications have become far more complex than they used to be. Your company …