Performance tuning is a wide subject, probably a misunderstood subject; so it has become a common practice among technologists and application vendors to regard performance as an issue that can be safely left for a tuning exercise performed at the end of a project or system implementation. This poses several challenges, such as delayed project deployment, performance issues unnoticed and compromised because of delayed delivery of applications for performance optimization, or even the entire phase of performance optimization omitted due to delays in the various stages of the development cycle. Most important, placing performance ...

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