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Yammer Metrics, A new way to monitor your application

When you are running long term applications like web applications, it is good to know some statistics about them, like number of requests served, request durations, or the number active requests. But also some more generic information like the state of your internal collections, how many times some portion of code is being executed, or health checks like database availability, ...

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Increasing heap size – beware of the Cobra Effect

The term ‘Cobra effect’ stems from an anecdote set at the time of British rule of colonial India. The British government was concerned about the number of venomous cobra snakes. The Government therefore offered a reward for every dead snake. Initially this was a successful strategy as large numbers of snakes were killed for the reward. Eventually however Indians began ...

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Do you get Just-in-time compilation?

Remember the last time when you were laughed at by C-developers? That the Java is so slooooow that they would never even consider using a language like this? In many ways, the concept still holds. But for it’s typical usage – in the backbones of a large enterprise – Java performance can definitely stand against many contestants. And this is ...

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Busting PermGen Myths

In my latest post I explained the reasons that can cause the java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: PermGen space crashes. Now it is time to talk about possible solutions to the problem. Or, more precisely, about what the Internet suggests for possible solutions. Unfortunately, I can only say that I felt my inner Jamie Hyneman from MythBusters awakening when going through the different “expert ...

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What is a PermGen leak?

What follows is a practical introduction to a specific type of memory problems in Java applications. Namely – we will analyze the errors that cause the java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: PermGen space symptom in the stack trace. First of all we will go through the core concepts required to understand the subject – and explain what objects, classes, classloaders and the JVM memory ...

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How much memory do I need

What is retained heap? How much memory will I need? This is a question you might have asked yourself (or others) when building a solution, creating a data structure or choosing an algorithm. Will this graph of mine fit in my 3G heap if it contains 1,000,000 edges and I use a HashMap to store it? Can I use the ...

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When using direct memory can be faster

Overview Using direct memory is no guarantee of improving performance.  Given it adds complexity, it should be avoided unless you have a compelling reason to use it. This excellent article by Sergio Oliveira Jr shows its not simply a matter of using direct memory to improve performance Which one is faster: Java heap or native memory? Where direct memory and memory mapped files ...

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Java Heap Dump: Are you up to the task?

If you are as much enthusiasm as I am on Java performance, heap dump analysis should not be a mystery to you. If it is then the good news is that you have an opportunity to increase your Java troubleshooting skills and JVM knowledge. The JVM has now evolve to a point that it is much easier today to generate ...

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