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DevOps Automation Cookbook by Michael Duffy

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Locating performance bottlenecks with Transaction Traces

New Relic can dig deep into the reasons as to why an application may not be performing well by performing a Transaction Trace. Transaction Tracing allows for a huge level of details, allowing you to see why a certain transaction is running slow, right down to the individual method calls.

Transaction Tracing is initiated when New Relic notices and records certain transactions that are breaching the Apdex rating. At this point, it starts to sample these transactions, recording in detail what the transaction is doing.

Using the Transaction Traces, you can easily spot where code is less than optimum, highlighting inefficient SQL queries, long running elements of code, and slow external services. ...

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