Microsoft recently announced an initial preview of Application Insights support for Azure Functions. As a result of this integration between the two services, developers now get built-in instrumentation for their code and a portal to view trends in their code’s performance. Developers are also able to set monitoring thresholds which can be used to create alerts or a callout to external webhooks.
Honeycomb is a tool for observing and correlating events in distributed systems. It provides a different approach from existing tools like Zipkin in that it moves away from the single-request-tracing model to a more free-form model of collecting and querying data across layers and dimensions.
Alex Zhitnitsky of Takipi has written about five ways to try to improve the chances of successful deployed of microservices into production. As we will see, they share many similarities with other independent efforts, perhaps leading us to agreement on top areas of concern, if not ways of solving these problems.
InfoQ interviewed Diomidis Spinellis, author of the books Code Reading and Code Quality, about finding and fixing errors in software, principles for debugging software and how to improve the effectiveness of debugging, how to write code that requires less debugging, and what managers can do to support error prevention and handling.
InfoQ interviewed Adam Tornhill, author of Your Code as a Crime Scene, about software evolution and mining social information from code and how to use this to increase the understanding of large codebases, how to create a geographical profile of code, and the benefits that can be gained from techniques like mining social information and geographical profiling.
PDB or Program DataBase is a central component of the Windows ecosystem. Whether you write code in C++ or .NET, without a PDB file even basic tasks such as stepping through code becomes impossible. And yet, the PDB format is largely a black box. At least until now.
Benchmarking and comparing Java 8 functional-style programming with the imperative-style can be tricky at times. Takipi blogs' recent posting shows us how.
Android Studio 2.0 has hit the canary channel, and the focus of the improvements in this release is to make the development as streamlined as possible, including hot code swapping, faster builds, faster emulator, GPU Profiler and Debugger, and running multiple types of tests in the same time.
Visual Studio debug engine documentation is now available online, along with two samples. This debug engine, codenamed Concord, is Visual Studio's new debug engine that originally shipped in Visual Studio 2012.
Facebook has open sourced Infer, a static analysis tool for C, Java and Objective-C.
Microsoft has released v0.3 of its native Visual Studio application, bringing with it support for Rust, as well as changes to keybindings.
Computer-checked models can be used to prove that core communications and state management in a software program are 100% logically correct. Such models can also be used to generate 100% correct source code. The usage of formal methods can reduce costs and time to market and help to deliver highly reliable software products.
Code Aware Libraries are “libraries that provide guidance on correct use through embedded tooling and operates on the user’s code in real time.”