It’s that time of the year when everyone needs a little rest and relaxation. And while you may be enjoying a break from life, we know you’d be sad if you had to take a break from us too. But don’t worry, we’re still around to give you an update on what our authors have been writing about in this week’s digest below.

Understanding GCP Cloud SQL Through RDS

Relational databases have commonly been an essential component of every application. Cloud vendors like GCP have a service for relational databases. GCP’s relational database offering is GCP Cloud SQL, which is a managed service for relational databases similar to RDS from AWS. Maybe Cloud SQL is new to you. But if you already have experience with AWS RDS, this post is for you. So if you’re itching to find out more, head over to Blue Medora’s blog and Christian Meléndez can fill you in.

Get Started With UI Testing: Definition, How-To, and Examples

“Automated testing” used to be a phrase that caused developers to scratch their heads. Now, it seems to me that most developers are at least familiar with the notion of automated testing. Fortunately, many devs go beyond familiarity by employing automated testing daily. And nowadays there’s immense variety in the types of automated tests that can help you achieve higher software quality. So in Carlos Schults’s post on Testim’s blog, he discusses a very specific type of automated testing—UI testing. Learn more about it here.

Serverless: What and Why? A Complete Guide for IT Leaders

You may have some vivid memories of failed demos of web applications. You stall for as long as you can, blame the WiFi, the laptop, and anything you can think of, but finally, it dawns on you something serious must have happened. What if you could solve these kinds of server maintenance problems by hiding the complexities of server maintenance? That’s what serverless aims to do. So if you’d like to find out more about this lifesaver, Peter Grainger can catch you up on Plutora’s blog.

What Is Whitebox Monitoring? Everything You Need to Know

Whitebox monitoring is a very valuable tool in our DevOps toolbox. Because of this, it’s prudent for us to ensure we fully understand what it is and how to use it. On Scalyr’s blog, Mark Henke covers quite a bit about whitebox monitoring: why it’s valuable, how it differs from blackbox monitoring, and how such monitoring is implemented in a system. Head over to their site to learn more.

The 9 Coding Standards C# Developers Need to Get Started

C# is about objects, classes, and class methods. There are some general standards that fluent C# writers follow. So, if you’re a developer who’s coming to C# from another programming language, you’ll want to know this stuff too! That’s why Phil Vuollet is here to fill you in on SubMain’s blog.

Getting Started Quickly With C# Logging

This week, we’ve updated a few posts too! So if you’re interested in getting started with C# logging as quickly as humanly possible, take a glance at an article on Scalyr’s blog from Erik Dietrich. He can fill you in on a number of things including what logging is and why you’d want to log.

Advanced ASP.NET Trace Viewer – WebForms, MVC, Web API, WCF

We also updated another post on Stackify’s blog. Software is a complex thing. As soon as you deploy an application to production—especially when you don’t have any control over the environment it’s running on—anything could happen. So just how are you supposed to keep track of it? Well, one way is with ASP.NET tracing, which Matt Watson can explain for you here.