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December 2016 Update for .NET Core 1.0

Today, we are releasing a new set of reliability and quality updates for .NET Core 1.0. This month's update is our second Long Term Support (LTS) update and includes updated versions of multiple packages in .NET Core, ASP.NET Core and Entity Framework Core. We recommend everyone on the 1.0.* LTS track move to this update immediately. How to ...
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Are you GLAD?

Holidays are almost upon us. Last year around Christmas time I wrote a set of GC ETW blog entries to help with diagnosing GC heap related issues. This year I want to discuss taking that a (big) step further and making an SDK that does the analysis for you using these ETW events - so before I leave for vacation I’d like to share with you ...
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Allocating on the stack or the heap?

A recent discussion prompted me to write this blog entry. The question there was “when should I allocate something on the stack vs on the heap?”. I searched around and there are plenty of articles that talk about *what* gets allocated on the stack vs on the heap, but not how you should decide what to allocate on the stack vs heap. ...
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Application Insights for ASP.NET 5 – you’re in control

ASP.NET 5 apps can now be monitored for performance and usage with Visual Studio Application Insights. The composability of components in ASP.NET 5 makes it very easy to integrate telemetry modules into your app design in a flexible way. With the feedback you get about the performance and effectiveness of your app in the wild, you can make ...

GC ETW Events – 3

GC ETW series - GC ETW Events - Part 1 GC ETW Events - Part 2 GC ETW Events - Part 3 (this post) GC ETW Events - Part 4 Processing GC ETW Events Programmatically with the GLAD Library In the last blog entry we looked at a particular GC trigger reason – InducedNotForced GCs. There are 2 other triggered reasons for ...
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GC ETW events – 2

GC ETW series - GC ETW Events - Part 1 GC ETW Events - Part 2 (this post) GC ETW Events - Part 3 GC ETW Events - Part 4 Processing GC ETW Events Programmatically with the GLAD Library Before we continue from where we left off in the last blog entry I wanted to give a performance tip on managed memory analysis. As some of you who have...

GC ETW events – 1

GC ETW series - GC ETW Events - Part 1 (this post) GC ETW Events - Part 2 GC ETW Events - Part 3 GC ETW Events - Part 4 Processing GC ETW Events Programmatically with the GLAD Library A lot of people have mentioned to me that I have not posted anything for a long time. I do realize it and do appreciate being asked to write more. Well, ...

The Roadmap for WPF

When we introduced WPF back in 2006 (.NET 3.0), the response was absolutely phenomenal. Enterprises, ISV’s, and Microsoft Partners have made the technology central to their business, building amazing vertical solutions and mission critical applications for their customers. This momentum carries forward to today – 10% of all newly created ...
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Profile and Time your ASP.NET MVC app all the way to Azure

Successful web app dev teams generally consider performance a requirement from the beginning,  not an afterthought. Performance should be considered in all phases of a project, from design and into production, including updates to the app. That's not to say you should try to optimize code before you've measured it, you really don't know...

QueueBackgroundWorkItem to reliably schedule and run background processes in ASP.NET

Stack Overflow is loaded with questions on how to reliably run a resource-intensive process on a background thread. See  so0, so1, so2, so3, so4, so5, so6, so7, so8, so9, so10 . Examples of long-running tasks include sending email, image processing, and generating a PDF file. When Phil Haack was a program manager on the ASP.NET MVC team, ...