last year in 2011 I wrote a few texts about proper logging? Well, browsing on Reddit I found another 10 commandments for for logging. It goes over some of the stuff I mentioned in the past and more. Please do read it!
In the last posts I presented general guidelines to improve your logging practices. Today we’ll discuss further about how and what you log. We will focus in some techniques to help you write clear and descriptive log messages.
A friend of mine, who read the first article, asked me to elaborate further about good logging practices. Hence, I decide to go over some of them, point the problems and discuss the alternatives. I will try to discuss the items in the order they appeared on the article. To start this series of texts, let’s discuss about fancy logs.
Given how easy is to log your application flow these days, it comes as no surprise that many developers abuse and misuse them. There are many anti-patterns that can be applied to logging and this article tries to help you avoid some of them.