dynaTrace software has announced the availability of a free Eclipse plugin (downloadable from Support|Downloads, with registration) to integrate their flagship product dynaTrace Diagnostics with Eclipse. dynaTrace is a "deep performance diagnostics for heterogeneous Java/.NET enterprise applications," and provides the ability to track individual transactions across tiers via a technology called "PurePath." PurePath measures the performance of individual servers, components and method borders (where problems occur), enhancing those findings with contextual information (why problems occur), which means that if a problem is caused by a specific datum, you can zero in on it via dynaTrace and determine the exact parameters or conditions under which the problem occurred. dynaTrace Diagnostics uses a client/server architecture, in which transaction data is sent to a central server, which means that under normal (usual) conditions, the impact on server performance is very light, even in production. Diagnostics allows the configuration of service level agreements, meaning that it can flag transactions if they take too long, or their system impact is too large, or (obviously) if traditional exceptions occur.
- Posted by: Joseph Ottinger
- Posted on: July 31 2007 08:01 EDT
- Re: dynaTrace Diagnostics has Eclipse integration by William Louth on July 31 2007 13:15 EDT
Hi Joseph, Could you please clarify whether this FREE plug-in has any value if the commercial product has NOT been licensed. It looks on face value to be a simple reader (client console) for dyna's single/central management server. In other words useless to practical everyone. By the way this is really nothing new. JINSPIRED has made its client (our awarding UI) freely available since the very beginning. Borland copied this product design when the introduced Borland ServerTrace 2 or 3 after failing to gain any real-world customer sites that extended beyond the standard Borland house. Kind regards, William
Oh I forgot to mention the big difference between between Dyna Diagnostics and JINSPIRED'S JXInsight approach in terms of console deployment is that a profile/timeline/metric/insight snapshot(s) taken with JXInsight could be transfered to any number of internal or external parties and viewed offline without the need for a central management server to connect to. This is what makes the FREE console offer in some way useful even to those without a expensive central management server license. regards, William
William: Your comment regarding the value of the dynaTrace Eclipse Plug-in is accurate – it will obviously be of no value to anyone not running the dynaTrace Diagnostics product. However, bear in mind that this use case is the express purpose for which it is intended. For dynaTrace Diagnostics customers, this plug-in provides a very useful means of further accelerating problem resolution and improving their operating efficiency. There is no other value proposition expressed or implied. Regarding your second point, it should be noted that dynaTrace has also recently announced the availability of a free "explorer" workbench client that enables offline analysis of previously recorded dynaTrace diagnostic sessions as well. Regards, Randy Arseneau
Hi Joseph,With all due respect, I can't tell you if it has "any value." For dynaTrace customers, absolutely. For others, well, it means they can integrate with Eclipse. Does that mean something new and dynamic? Probably not - after all, people HAVE written Eclipse plugins. But it's still good.
Could you please clarify whether this FREE plug-in has any value if the commercial product has NOT been licensed. It looks on face value to be a simple reader (client console) for dyna's single/central management server. In other words useless to practical everyone.