What’s Next – the Road to Gibraltar 3.0

One last update to Gibraltar 2 We’ve done several functional releases this year and we’re going to do one more minor one before we close the books on 2.x.  This last update is going to include some memory usage optimizations, reliability tweeks, and the first version of the Gibraltar Add In API. Memory and Reliability…

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Gibraltar 2.1.1 Released

New metric charting features dramatically improve flexibility and scalability of metric analysis. The Agent includes new notification capabilities to send real time alerts when errors happen and more performance counters for troubleshooting memory management problems. Also included are scalability improvements and other reliability and performance enhancements, all described in the release notes.

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Charting and analysis updates from real-world experience

We’ve upgraded the charting features in Gibraltar Analyst to be more flexible and capable so you can solve real problems in your applications. Gain insight into how your software works in production today using Gibraltar Analyst!

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It’s More than Just Exceptions and Errors

Creating reliable software requires more than just managing exceptions – you need to have logging, performance monitoring, and a way of bringing it all together so you can visualize the problem. This doesn’t have to take a lot of work – we were able to bring it together easily and make it work in the field, doubling the number of customer issues we could resolve before our next release.

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How Gibraltar helped Gibraltar 2.1 – our CEIP

The Gibraltar CEIP helped us find and resolve a large number of unreported issues, all without requiring our customers to lift a finger. Read the story for real numbers you can use to understand what the same techniques might mean for your application.

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Announcing Gibraltar Hub for Easy CEIP

With the introduction of the Hub, Gibraltar provides an end-to-end easy Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) you can implement in minutes for your .NET application.

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Upcoming Gibraltar Release

What’s up and coming in the next update to Gibraltar? Plenty – new features, defect fixes, and one big surprise!

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Free Range Development

We have a clear, tight way of prioritizing issues to fix along with new features for development but every once in a while you just have to let people work on what they feel like, regardless of whether it passes the ROI test.

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.NET String Theory

By implementing a single instance string store, the Gibraltar Agent and Analyst leverage the fact that most logging data is repetitive to reduce the memory needed to view lots of data.

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Instinctive Performance Optimization Wastes Time

Use empirical methods to determine what the hot spots are in your software that needs performance tuning, typically with code profilers. But, validate with end users that you’ve really improved their perceived performance of your application.

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Nothing like a Spelling Error on the Title Page

When I was back in College I wrote a term paper on the Challenger Disaster.  This was an issue near & dear to my heart, so I put a lot of time into the content: more than was really necessary.  I formatted the document very carefully, had two other people review my facts and figures…

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