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What is a logging framework, and why do I need one?


Logging is the process of notifying some entity of a particular event. An entity can be the system console, a file on disk, a database, or a remote computer, to name a few. Events can be simple debug information for an application in development, runtime exceptions for an application in a production environment, or a record of actions taken by a user--such as visiting a web page.

A framework is a group of classes that form the foundation for a subset of functionality in an application. Frameworks should be designed to be extendible, flexible, and adaptable to the precise requirements of any given application. And, of course, a good framework should be relatively easy to use.

Okay, so why do I need a logging framework?
Logging is important to all but the simplest of applications. You can choose to

  1. write logging code throughout your application that doesn't provide the flexibility and maintainability of a framework, or
  2. write your own framework, or
  3. use a quality framework that already exists.

I've looked at other frameworks. Why should I use this one?

Do you have a version of this framework for Java?

Who else uses a logging framework authored by The Object Guy?
Frameworks and tools authored by The Object Guy are currently being used in numerous commercial applications, by independent software consultants, and by custom application developers.

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