Integrate proven performance and scalability techniques throughout the .NET application life cycle—and gain an edge in building better-performing products. This guide presents a robust framework organized by task and role, helping developers, architects, testers, and administrators prioritize and implement the best options at the appropriate time. It offers focused, end-to-end guidance—including processes for modeling performance and techniques for measuring, testing, and fine-tuning your applications. You’ll also get tips direct from Microsoft development teams for improving the performance and scalability of managed code; Microsoft ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and SQL Server; Web services; .NET Remoting; XML; and more. The book features a “How To” section that details the steps for a number of specific performance-related tasks, such as adding performance counters and using the common language runtime (CLR) profiler. PATTERNS & PRACTICES guides are reviewed and approved by Microsoft engineering teams, consultants, partners, and customers—delivering accurate, real-world information that’s been technically validated and tested.