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Andreas Grabner

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Are you developing or hosting PHP applications? Are you doing performance sanity checks along your delivery pipeline? No? Not Yet? Then start with a quick check. It only takes 15 minutes and it really pays off. As a developer you can improve your code, and as somebody responsible for your build pipeline you can automate these checks and enforce additional quality gates. And as a PHP Hosting company / group you will be able optimize your deployment and run more of these apps and sustain more load on the same infrastructure. Just like Java, .NET, and Ruby type applications, the top performance bottlenecks are fairly easy to spot and fixing them improves end user performance and saves compute power for your servers. Here is what we discovered when analyzing our own Moodle-based educational platform using the 15 Day Free Trial of dynaTrace: High PHP Compilation Time: O... (more)

I’m Not Scared of DevOps and You Shouldn’t Be Either

DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend r... (more)

How to Performance Test Automation for GWT and SmartGWT

This article is based on the experience of Jan Swaelens, Software Architect at Sofico. He is responsible for automatic performance testing of the company's new web platform based on GWT and SmartGWT. Sofico is specialized in software solutions for automotive finance, leasing, fleet and mobility management companies. Choosing GWT and SmartGWT over Other Technologies About two years ago Sofico started a project to replace its rich desktop application (built with PowerBuilder) with a browseribased rich Internet application. The developers selected GWT and SmartGWT as core technologie... (more)

Sync Your Timeouts: When Load Balancers Cause Database Deadlocks

Have you seen this error message before "java.sql.Exception: ORA-00060: deadlock detected while waiting for resource"? This is caused when parallel updates require locks on either rows or tables in your database. I recently ran into this exception on an instance of an IBM eCommerce Server. The first thought was that there are simply too many people hitting the same functionality that updates Sales Tax Summary information - which was showing up in the call stack of the exception: Exception stack trace showing that createOrderTaxes ran into the deadlock issue on the database The ... (more)

Database Access Patterns Gone Wild

Telerik Controls are great for building modern, rich clients, and web applications often seen at the enterprise level. I just worked with a company that uses these controls in their soon-to-be-released customer-facing SharePoint portal. They ran a small load test that showed that the response times were ranging between 150ms and 1.3s for most of their pages - which is acceptable. Still, they wanted my opinion on the data - so they shared a dynaTrace session with me. I observed a number of problems prior to the production deployment: "Unbalanced" load balancer will bring a server... (more)