SharePoint Application Pool Management
Steve Sheppard has a new blog series regarding IIS memory management and SharePoint that is required reading. Normally this kind of thing is a bit too far into the adminisphere for me but this is the kind of thing developers need to keep in mind when writing highly transactional and data-intensive applications. You don’t have to be an expert at it but knowing it makes you more conscious of what effect your code is having on the overall SharePoint ecology. In point of fact, I just had a situation with a customer in which poor performance in their farm, while certainly related to bad architecture decisions, was most directly impacted by application pool memory issues. Had I read Steve’s posts prior to the engagement, while I was analyzing their farm I would have paid more attention to the app pool settings and saved them some time on the phone with CSS.