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For years I have read about polyglot programmers and how some new language was the new cool thing. Over time, It has been programming languages like ruby, python, scala, go, node.js, swift and others. It is amazing to see what Microsoft, and the community, have done with .NET Core and ...
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 ...
Google Chrome is the most-used browser, offering a set of Chrome DevTools with built-in web authoring and debugging tools designed to make life easier for developers. But that’s not all: Chrome’s capabilities can be vastly expanded with thousands of add-ons and extensions t...
Defining SOAP and REST SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and REST (Representational State Transfer) are both web service communication protocols. SOAP was long the standard approach to web service interfaces, although it’s been dominated by REST in recent years, with REST now ...
Stackify’s Founder & CEO, Matt Watson was a guest on the On .NET show this week. Matt gave a demo of Prefix and discussed how it can help developers find and fix application problems on their workstation. You can also see a quick demo of Retrace, Stackify’s APM service ...
After many months of hard work, we are preparing to release the latest Retrace agent for Windows / .NET, and along with this release, there are some changes to how we will be releasing our agents in the future. Change Around Automatic Agent Updates We have listened to a lot of feedback...
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 remin...
Hey…remember Firefox? Google Chrome is now king of the browser hill, but Firefox is still chugging along and is actually still the best browser for web app developers to use. Sure it’s a little slow and hard on memory, but its customization options can’t be beaten. We...
The work of a developer is complex and time-consuming, but arming yourself with the most sophisticated tools makes the job both quicker and easier. That’s why many developers turn to integrated development environments (IDEs) to manage workflows, access a suite of development tools wit...
Kean is the Founder & CEO of MonetizeMore. He started MonetizeMore in 2010 with the goal to build a bootstrap business that would dramatically increase ad revenues for publishers. Over the years, Kean has perfected the proprietary MonetizeMore ad optimization model and now increase...
The Azure Portal is the go-to place to manage your Azure resources. I spend a lot of time in the portal. I’m sure a lot of you do the same. Here are some tips that will hopefully help you to make the most out of your time in the Azure portal. 1. Change Themes Double-click on any open s...
Boon Lee, Director of KC Dev Con & Dev Manager Extraordinaire What’s better than chatting with a multi-talented, hugely respected development manager like Boon Lee? Seeing his kids’ heads pop up in the video interview. Mini Boon Lee clones. This, my friends, is how we’ll take over ...
Brian Madsen, LinkedIn .Net User Group Manager, Microsoft MVP, Blogger, & Consultant at byBrick Development AB You know when you meet someone and you say to yourself, “this person is my new best friend.” (but not in a creepy way.) Brian Madsen is one of those super genuine, fun and...
Eric A. Meyer, Technical Consultant, Author, Trainer and Co-founder of An Event Apart When he’s not doing things like speaking at An Event Apart (which he co-founded), writing bleeding edge books on front-end development, and helping families heal after tragic loss— he still finds time...
David Fox, Co-Founder & Head of Eng / devRant After a day on the developer front line, we all need to blow off steam. Now there’s an app for that. We got to chat with David Fox, co-founder and head of engineering of NYC-based devRant, about the app and the tools he uses to make ran...
The Co-host of .NET Rocks! Opens His Performance Diagnostic Toolbox for us, and for a Good Cause Richard Campbell, Podcast, Dev Con, & Non-profit Rock Star Richard Campbell—veteran developer, podcasting guru, Dev Con master (DEVIntersection!) and philanthropist— is like the Dr. Hou...
Matt Watson, Founder & CEO / Stackify It has been said that tools are what made us human. Our ability to create and use tools allows us to do things that were not imaginable before. Software itself has made developers profoundly more productive over the last 50 years. Can you imagi...
You will be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy or engage with video games in this modern age. From mobile apps, Facebook games, to everyday gamification, we are always at play. Developer turned founder, Stephen Foster, found his success in the gaming world by creating a way...
John Negron, Founder / Be a Doer The path from developer to founder takes people on many different paths. In the process of creating a non-profit volunteer pipeline and event management platform, Be a Doer founder John Negron discovered his experience to be a lot harder than expected. ...
Jeff Atwood, Founder / Stack Overflow / Discourse.org Co-founder / Stack Exchange   When you finally reach your goal of a successful product launch, where do you go from there? Do you stick with it or sell it and move on and start the process all over again? Founder of Stack Overf...
The world of tech changes in a blink of an eye. When developing your own product and founding a company, your skills have to grow at the speed of that change. Successful developers-turned-founders gave us their top skills they believe are invaluable in this age of technology. 1. Skill ...
Azure App Services is extremely useful for developers. It offers Web Apps, API Apps, Mobile Apps and Function Apps (that run Azure Functions). These apps are incredibly powerful and can literally get you up and running in minutes. They provide a host of amazing features that you can le...
I’ve written in the past about how Stackify was “born in Azure” and we’ve never used any other hosting solution. In this post, I want to share how we make sense of our Azure EA (Enterprise Agreement) bill and usage. Azure billing can be quite a mess to figure out. Azure Billing Can Get...
Written by: Larissa Murillo, Marketing Manager, MarketGoo Our company, MarketGoo, was founded in 2012, and we have dedicated four years to building a workplace that enables a semi-remote developer team to be exceptional. Here are a few things we learned. Building culture does not happe...
About a year ago Microsoft released the Azure Service Profiler which is designed to be a lightweight profiler for ASP.NET applications. They recently enabled it to work with Application Insights and it is easy to enable for Azure App Services. Since we use App Services and love anythin...
Debugging performance issues in production can be a pain and in some cases impossible without the right tools. Java profilers have been around forever, but the profilers most developers think about are only one type. Standard profilers certainly provide the most data, but not necessar...
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… At Stackify, we have been using Azure for over 4 years. We have grown up ...
Log files are one of the most valuable assets that a developer has. Usually when something goes wrong in production the first thing you hear is “send me the logs”. The goal of structured logging is to bring a more defined format and details to your logging. We have been practicing stru...
At Stackify we receive a lot of data from your apps to our Retrace APIs. We queue all of that data as soon as it gets to us and then we use separate background services to process the data. Message queues help a lot with ensuring data is never lost, traffic spikes, etc. We decided we t...
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 [...] The post New Relic alternatives… and why developers pick R...
One of the most requested features by New Relic users is support for .NET Core. If you aren’t familiar with it, .NET Core is Microsoft’s newest version of the .NET framework that is leaner, faster, [...] The post New Relic .NET Core Alternative APM appeared first on Stackify.
Let Them Eat Cake! Apologies for the bad pun. I couldn’t help it. Today, we’re going to talk about CakeBuild, and why Stackify decided to start using it. But first, a little background. We like [...] The post How we use Cake to build .NET Core apps and version assemblies appeared first...
Application Insights is Microsoft’s lightweight application performance monitoring service. I have collected a nice list of things that every developer should know. Including tips, key features, and limitations. 1. Make sure your app targets .NET [...] The post Application Insigh...
Your web application is throwing some sort of error or invalid response. Do you know how to troubleshoot IIS or ASP.NET errors on your servers? Luckily, Windows & ASP.NET provide several different logs where failed [...] The post Beyond IIS logs – 6 ways to find failed ASP.NE...
It is hard to imagine troubleshooting applications problems without debug logging. When all else fails and you can’t figure out what your code is doing, our answer is to always add more logging. But unfortunately, [...]
Prefix enables developers to easily see what their code is doing as they write and test their code, including SQL queries, HTTP calls, errors, logs, and much more. Prefix is most often used with web [...]
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 [...]
Prefix enables developers to easily see what their code is doing as they write and test their code, including SQL queries, HTTP calls, errors, logs, and much more. One of the best features of Prefix is [...]
Let me start by saying that I am super perky. Not simply a “morning person.” Not just that one person that sings Happy Birthday the loudest over the cake and gets the card and gift [...]
Excited to welcome Darin Herle to the BuildBetter blog today. Darin has a knack for building stuff. At age 5 he built his own rocket. At 10 he took apart the family lawn mower and [...]