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Writing High-Performance .NET Code, 2nd Edition by Ben Watson, Leticia Watson

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Code Safety and Analysis

There is a well-worn adage in software engineering that you should first make your code correct, then make it fast. Most of this book has focused strictly on performance, but this chapter is a little bit of an aside into some important topics that, while not strictly related to performance, may help you in your pursuit of high-performance, scalable applications. By undertaking some good practices to ensure the stability and reliability of your code, you free yourself to make more drastic changes for performance’s sake. When problems do occur, you will more easily narrow down the location of the issue.

Understanding the OS, APIs, and Hardware

Heavy performance optimization is going to defy any abstractions you want to ...

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