CHAPTER 1

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Performance Metrics

Before we begin our journey into the world of .NET performance, we must understand the metrics and goals involved in performance testing and optimization. In Chapter 2, we explore more than a dozen profilers and monitoring tools; however, to use these tools, you need to know which performance metrics you are interested in.

Different types of applications have a multitude of varying performance goals, driven by business and operational needs. At times, the application’s architecture dictates the important performance metrics: for example, knowing that your Web server has to serve millions of concurrent users dictates ...

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