The Best Application Performance Books to Add to Your Reading List

The Best Application Performance Books to Add to Your Reading List

Solutions Review compiles the top application performance books that any network or IT professional needs to add to their reading list.

Does your business keep track of the performance of its applications? Are you an IT professional who wants to brush up on their application performance monitoring knowledge? Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and application performance is no exception. We’ve listed the best application performance books that you should add to your reading list. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in the field of application performance.

Be sure to also consult our Network Monitoring Buyer’s Guide for information on the top network and application performance monitoring vendors.

Application Monitoring: A Complete Guide

by Gerardus Blokdyk

“Blokdyk ensures all Application Monitoring essentials are covered, from every angle: the Application Monitoring self-assessment shows succinctly and clearly that what needs to be clarified to organize the required activities and processes so that Application Monitoring outcomes are achieved. Contains extensive criteria grounded in past and current successful projects and activities by experienced Application Monitoring practitioners. Their mastery, combined with the easy elegance of the self-assessment, provides its superior value to you in knowing how to ensure the outcome of any efforts in Application Monitoring are maximized with professional results.”


The Art of Application Performance Testing: From Strategy to Tools

by Ian Molyneaux

“Because performance is paramount today, this thoroughly updated guide shows you how to test mission-critical applications for scalability and performance before you deploy them—whether it’s to the cloud or a mobile device. You’ll learn the complete testing process lifecycle step-by-step, along with best practices to plan, coordinate, and conduct performance tests on your applications.”


Cloud Debugging and Profiling in Microsoft Azure: Application Performance Management in the Cloud

by Jeffrey Chilberto, Sjoukje Zaal, Gaurav Aroraa, and Ed Price

” Use this collection of best practices and tips for assessing the health of a solution. This book provides detailed techniques and instructions to quickly diagnose aspects of your Azure cloud solutions. The initial chapters of this book introduce you to the many facets of Microsoft Azure, explain why and how building for the cloud differs from on-premise development, and outline the need for a comprehensive strategy to debugging and profiling in Azure.”


The Data Access Handbook: Achieving Optimal Database Application Performance and Scalability

by John Goodson and Robert A. Steward

“Performance and scalability are more critical than ever in today’s enterprise database applications, and traditional database tuning isn’t nearly enough to solve the performance problems you are likely to see in those applications. Nowadays, 75-95% of the time it takes to process a data request is typically spent in the database middleware. Today’s worst performance and scalability problems are generally caused by issues with networking, database drivers, the broader software/hardware environment, and inefficient coding of data requests.”


Hands-On Cloud-Native Applications with Java and Quarkus

by Francesco Marchioni

“Quarkus is a new Kubernetes-native framework that allows Java developers to combine the power of containers, microservices, and cloud-native to build reliable applications. The book is a development guide that will teach you how to build Java-native applications using Quarkus and GraalVM. We start by learning about the basic concepts of a cloud-native application and its advantages over standard enterprise applications.”


IT Infrastructure And Business Application Monitoring

by The Art of Service

“This IT Infrastructure And Business Application Monitoring Guide is unlike books you’re used to. If you’re looking for a textbook, this might not be for you. This book and its included digital components are for you who understands the importance of asking great questions. This gives you the questions to uncover the IT Infrastructure And Business Application Monitoring challenges you’re facing and generate better solutions to solve those problems. Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a challenge or meet an objective is the most valuable role in every group, company, organization, and department.”


Monitoring Microservices and Containerized Applications

by Navin Sabharwal and Piyush Pandey

“Discover the methodologies and best practices for getting started with container services monitoring using Prometheus, AppDynamics, and Dynatrace. The book begins with the basics of working with the containerization and microservices architecture while establishing the need for monitoring and management technologies. You’ll go through hands-on deployment, configuration, and best practices for Prometheus. Next, you’ll delve deeper into monitoring of container ecosystems for availability, performance, and logs, and then cover the reporting capabilities of Prometheus.”


Practical Monitoring: Effective Strategies for the Real World

by Mike Julian

“Do you have a nagging feeling that your monitoring needs improvement, but you just aren’t sure where to start or how to do it? Are you plagued by constant, meaningless alerts? Does your monitoring system routinely miss real problems? [This book] lays out a practical approach to designing and implementing effective monitoring–from the application down to hardware in a data center, and everything between. [The book] will provide you with straightforward strategies and tactics for designing and implementing a strong monitoring foundation for your company.”


Zabbix 4 Network Monitoring

by Patrik Uytterhoeven and Rihards Olups

“Zabbix 4 Network Monitoring is the perfect starting point for monitoring the performance of your network devices and applications with Zabbix. Even if you’ve never used a monitoring solution before, this book will get you up and running quickly. You’ll learn to monitor more sophisticated operations with ease and soon feel in complete control of your network, ready to meet any challenges you might face.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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