A Quick Way to Setup Logging during Development

by Dennis 18. January 2013 09:29

I’ve been asked a few times if there’s a quick way to get logging output from SphinxConnector.NET without setting up a “real” logging framework like NLog. Here’s one: Common.Logging comes with two adapters named TraceLoggerFactoryAdapter and ConsoleOutLoggerFactoryAdapter. The latter (obviously) logs messages to the console, while the former logs messages via .NET’s Trace class. One nice thing about the trace log is that it can be accessed via Visual Studio’s ‘Output’ window (CTRL+ALT+O) if your application is running with a debugger attached (F5).

Here is the relevant code:

private static void SetupLogging()
    LogManager.Adapter = new TraceLoggerFactoryAdapter
        Level = LogLevel.All,
        ShowLevel = true,
        ShowDateTime = true,

I also added a Conditional attribute to the setup method to ensure that it is only being called in a debug configuration.