Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Logging to Logverse

If you haven't heard of Logverse, it's a service that allows applications to log to it. And just about anything can be logged to it--errors, user actions, debug information... whatever you want.

It's perfect for applications out in the field, like desktop and mobile applications. But even web or other server applications can take advantage of it.

You don't need to use a logging framework to use Logverse. But if you use The Object Guy's Logging Framework, it is extremely easy to create a logger that logs to Logverse.

I have two very small classes here. The first is just a utility class that will write to Logverse.

public class LogverseWriter
   private readonly Guid LogId;
   private readonly string SubscriptionKey;

   public LogverseWriter(string aLogId, string aSubscriptionKey)
      LogId = new Guid(aLogId);
      SubscriptionKey = aSubscriptionKey;

   public bool Write(Dictionary<string, string> values)
      var logEntryInfo = new Logverse.LogEntryInfo()
           LogId = LogId,
           SubscriptionKey = SubscriptionKey,
           ClientTimeStampUtc = DateTime.UtcNow

      logEntryInfo.Fields = values;

      var service = new Logverse.LogServiceClient();
      var result = service.Log(logEntryInfo);

      return result.Result == Logverse.LogResult.EResult.Logged;

The second class I have is the LogverseLogger.

public class LogverseLogger : Logger
   private readonly LogverseWriter LogverseWriter;

   public LogverseLogger(string aLogId, string aSubscriptionKey)
      LogverseWriter = new LogverseWriter(aLogId, aSubscriptionKey);

   protected override bool DoLog(LogEntry aLogEntry)
      return LogverseWriter.Write(
              new Dictionary<string, string>()
                { "Category", aLogEntry.Category != null ? aLogEntry.Category.ToString() : "" },
                { "Severity", aLogEntry.SeverityString },
                { "Message",  aLogEntry.Message }

   public static void Create(string aLogId, string aSubscriptionKey)
      ConfigLogger.Instance.AddLogger("logverse_" + aLogId, new LogverseLogger(aLogId, aSubscriptionKey));

The Logverse logger can't currently be configured using the web.config (or app.config), so at the beginning of the application I call the Create method. Here's an example for a web application. This code would go into global.asax.cs.

protected void Application_Start(object sender, EventArgs e)
   LogverseLogger.Create("<mylogid>", "<mysubscriptionkey>");


Now that was easy. And now I can log to Logverse. Pretty cool, huh?

One might ask, "What about exception handling?" Good question. Actually, it isn't required in the Logger, because that's handled automatically by the framework. (Cool!) However, if you were to use the LogverseWriter class independently, then you'd probably would want to put some exception handling in it. The only reason I didn't was so that I'd have an excuse to talk about it in this paragraph. :)


  1. Hello,

    please consider offering this as a stand-alone product.

    A central logger and viewer would be very useful, but we would never provide our logs to a third party (or purchase a subscription).

    I hope this didn't sound too negative - I'm a fan of your logging framework!


  2. Alex, thanks for the comment! And thanks for using the logging framework!

    I definitely understand your point of view. Logverse isn't for everyone. But there are many situations where it is far more convenient to use a service like Logverse than to create and manage your own.

    Also, keep in mind, if your application has some sensitive information in its logs, it could always be encrypted on the client side, and decrypted by an admin when it is downloaded from Logverse.