Computer data logging is the process of recording events in a computer program, usually with a certain scope, in order to provide an audit trail that can be used to understand the activity of the system and to diagnose problems.

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What are some patterns and anti-patterns of application logging? [closed]

I recently had to investigate a field issue for our large enterprise application. I was horrified by the logs that I had to comb through in an attempt to find the problem and at the end of the day the ...
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Do we need Logging when doing TDD?

When doing the Red, Green & Refactor cycle we should always write the minimum code to pass the test. This is the way I have been taught about TDD and the way almost all books describe the process. ...
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Best practices for logging and tracing in .NET

I've been reading a lot about tracing and logging, trying to find some golden rule for best practices in the matter, but there isn't any. People say that good programmers produce good tracing, but put ...
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Logging: Why and What? [closed]

I've never written programs which make significant use of logging. The most I've done is to capture stack traces when exceptions happen. I was wondering, how much do other people log? Does it depend ...
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Should You Log From Library Code?

If I am developing a Java library, is it good practice to issue log statements from within the library's code? Having logging within the library will make debugging and troubleshooting more ...
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Why doesn't “object reference not set to an instance of an object” tell us which object?

We're launching a system, and we sometimes get the famous exception NullReferenceException with the message Object reference not set to an instance of an object. However, in a method where we have ...
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What is the correct way to handle debug output in Java?

As my current Java projects grow bigger and bigger, I feel a likewise growing need to insert debug output in several points of my code. To enable or disable this feature appropriately, depending on ...
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Is logging next to an implementation a SRP violation?

When thinking of agile software development and all the principles (SRP, OCP, ...) I ask myself how to treat logging. Is logging next to an implementation a SRP violation? I would say yes because ...
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Why does the TRACE level exists, and when should I use it rather than DEBUG?

In Log4J, Slf4J and a couple other logging frameworks in Java, you have two "developper" level for logging. DEBUG TRACE I understand what DEBUG do, because the explanation is clear. The ...
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Is it more sensible to log exceptions in a catch-all or in a base exception class?

I'm in the process of refactoring a fairly large web app. One of the major issues is inconsistent error handling and I'm trying to come up with a sensible strategy. I've created a custom error ...
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What's the best way to manage error logging for exceptions?

Introduction If an error occurs on a website or system, it is of course useful to log it, and show the user a polite message with a reference code for the error. And if you have lots of systems, you ...
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Best practices for logging user actions in production

I was planning on logging a lot of different stuff in my production environment, things like when a user: Logs In, Logs Off Change Profile Edit Account settings Change password ... etc Is this a ...
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When to start writing Exception Handling, Logging

When do you start writing your Exception Handling Code? When do you start writing Logging Statements. For the purpose of elaborating this question, let us assume that we are on .NET platform with ...
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From a design perspective, what are the best practices for logging? [closed]

I want to add logging to an application I'm currently working on. I've added logging before, that's not an issue here. But from a design perspective in an object-oriented language, what are the best ...
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Need to make my code more readable to the other programers in my team

I am working a project in delphi 7 and I am creating a installer for the application, there are Three main parts. PostgreSQL installation/uninstallation myapplication ( setup of myapplication is ...
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How should I handle logger failures?

In several of our company's applications, we use a custom logger. It's fairly robust, though we may replace it with something like NLog in the future. One of the logger's tasks is to log any ...
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Rules and advice for logging?

In my organization we've put together some rules / guildelines about logging that I would like to know if you can add to or comment. We use Java but you may comment in general about loggin - rules ...
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Is it practical to use Twitter for service logs?

Recently my boss suggested that we post logs of our service that is hosted on Windows Azure into twitter. His idea is that it's conveniently readable and if Azure cloud fails logs persist. He also ...
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Concurrency pattern of logger in multithreaded application

The context: We are working on a multi-threaded (Linux-C) application that follows a pipeline model. Each module has a private thread and encapsulated objects which do processing of data; and each ...
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Is there a pattern or logical structure I can follow for Event Log Numbers?

What are some ideas or structure I can use when assigning EventID to events that will be saved to the Windows Event Log? Some options I've considered Sequential (0... int.Max) Multiple of ...
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How should I handle logging when I create libraries for others?

All. I am creating some libraries for other teams in my company. They all have different logging mechanisms. I want to provide trace information of what my libraries are doing. What should I to ...
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Log to file or to database table?

I'm developing a web application which uses MS SQL for various data: including users, user accounts, user licenses, license prices, invoices. I need to log users' real-time usage of the system, and ...
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Exception Handling Frequency/Log Detail

I am working on a fairly complex .NET application that interacts with another application. Many single-line statements are possible culprits for throwing an Exception and there is often nothing I can ...
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Logging errors caused by exceptions deep in the application

What are best-practices for logging deep within an application's source? Is it bad practice to have multiple event log entries for a single error? For example, let's say that I have an ETL system ...
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Is it normal to write all logs into a single file?

Our teamlead said that many files much worse than a single, despite of we are working on a big project. He argued that our customers could more easily send logs to us if there will be just a single ...
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Which design pattern is more suitable for logging?

I should log some events in a program but as far as I know it would be better to keep the logging code outside the program because it is not about the real functionality of the program. So may you ...
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Is it fine to use logs in the Helper Methods?

I have been doubting for a long time whether or not to have a logger in methods (usually helper methods) like the one below. Whether we can print it in the method or print the response where the ...
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Logging in JSON Effect on Performance

I see more and more articles about logging in JSON. You can also find one on NodeJS blog. Why does everyone like it so much? I can only see more operations getting involved: A couple new objects ...
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What should I do with production error logs?

We have a PHP intranet site that we run with warning/error logging on (as it's not under heavy load and there's a number of bugs/bad code left to find). Because the site is relatively unstable and in ...
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When should a database table use timestamps?

First a note, I thought maybe this question belonged in the database exchange, but I think it is more broadly related to a programming solution as a whole than to databases. Will move to database ...
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Multitasking how to keep track of what you're doing

I'm in a long debugging task, I need to figure out where to hook up some extra functionality I need. It's cumbersome work, and I've been debugging 2 whole days, and I'm on my third, but I work in ...
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Where to position logging statements

I have the following classes : class Task { public void DoSomething() { var s = new Service(); s.First(); s.Second(); s.Third(); } } class Service { ...
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Database Change Auditing - Part of or Abstracted from ORM / Application Layer?

My fellow developers and I are at a crossroads in how to go about continuing our auditing of database changes. Most of our applications log changes via INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE triggers. A few of ...
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Logging, do you do it? [closed]

Back on my theme of late: interview questions. Was recently asked to describe a time I'd used logging. My first instinct was to respond with compiler warnings set to full and error-out. What he was ...
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Is ok to leave untranslated advanced log?

I just had a little fight with my boss over this topic (well, the boss always wins so I will do what he wants to be done) but I'd like to have the opinion of others about this: We are making a ...
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Is SQLite a sensible option for data logging?

I am trying to setup a small data-logging application under linux. The data arrives via serial port, and from there it should be pumped to logging and to graphical display. The logging functionality ...
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Write progress from a long running process

We have some long running processes which could run for as long as an hour up to 6 hours. Some of the processes are started by hand and the user wants to see what the progress of the process is. ...
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Do you run production boxes with logs completely turned off?

We are internally debating in our team if we should continue to run our production boxes with logs turned off completely and just log errors and exceptions with log rotations. I want to know how ...
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How much logging should I do at production for SQLExcpetions?

I'm writing a small database-centric application in Java Swing that will be used internally in a small company. I haven't much experience with developing production-level applications. I don't use an ...
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What features are helpful when performing remote debugging / diagnostics?

Obviously, the easiest way to solve a bug is to be able to reproduce it in-house. However, sometimes that is not practical. For starters, users are often not very good at providing you with useful ...
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Strategies to analyze collected exceptions

We want to add error feedback to our application. I had a look at existing solutions (e.g. raygun.io), but these work "in the cloud", which is a no-go for us: most installations of our application ...
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Best Creational Pattern for loggers in a multi-threaded system?

This is a follow up question on my past questions : Concurrency pattern of logger in multithreaded application As suggested by others, I am putting this question separately. As the learning from ...
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Log design approach

Logging was always a nightmare for me! Now I have to implement it again for a proxy system. In this proxy application, some systems ask proxy system to call some other services. What I have to log is ...
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Design pattern for logging changes in parent/child objects saved to database

I’ve got a 2 database tables in parent/child relationship as one-many. I’ve got three classes representing the data in these two tables: Parent Class { Public int ID {get; set;} .. other ...
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Common Industry Term For Negative Logging? [closed]

It is one thing to log something that happened in code, a process, or procedure. It is another thing to log something that didn't happen. For example, if your ETL system is supposed to receive a ...
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Filesystems that use logging: If you're writing the data in the log (on disk), and in the actual locations themselves (also on disk) then…?

Aren't you essentially writing the same data twice, to the disk? Doesn't this cause a slowdown of a factor of ~2x? What optimizations can be made to minimize the cost of having to write things twice? ...
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Is it still a good practice to log parameters and returns?

Just a context, I am currently making a base code for a Java Spring Boot Application. I am currently setting up the logging of the application and I stumbled upong this url and found it helpful. ...
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C++ log every function and parameter values

I want to log every function call and parameter value in my C++ app. Is there a generic approach for this task ? (3rd part library, VAR_ARGS etc.)
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Exception handling and 3rd party library

I'm currently having an issue with a 3rd party control library provider. They have an exception occulting culture that gets in the way of my general fail-fast approach when developing software. An ...
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Is console logging inappropriate for chatty applications?

12 Factor states that applications should log to the console, those console logs should should be unbuffered, and the logs should be redirected to someplace useful (file, database, whatever). But ...