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Visual Studio .NET 2003

Key application metrics, such as transaction throughput and resource utilization, define application performance. Metrics related to hardware, such as network throughput and disk access, are common application performance bottlenecks. From a users perspective, application response time defines performance. Of course, performance does not come without a price. While it is possible to build a high performance application for any given problem space, a key price point is the cost per transaction. It is sometimes necessary to sacrifice performance to control cost.

In This Section

Performance Overview
Outlines the significance of application performance and its impact on the user experience.
Designing for Performance
Explains how certain application design choices affect application performance.
Testing for Performance
Discusses how to test for performance.
Best Practices for Performance
Provides useful implementation strategies and best practice recommendations.

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