Why and Where to use Logging (Log4J)?

Suppose we are writing code to develop a software. For tracking and debugging our code, we generally write “system.out.println(“Your message”); “ . So, we will write system.out.println(“Your message”); statement as much as we need. Let’s say we have written 100 lines of this statement.

Now think, the release of the first version of our project has been submitted to our client. We cannot see these “system.out.println(“Your message”); ” statements’ messages at the run time. So there is no chance of tracking our software run with “system.out.println(“Your message”);”. Again before deploying the software in the client machine, we have to remove all the statements from the code one by one. It’s time-consuming.

Now imagine, after some period your client come to and say that they want another functionality at their software. So, again you have to put all the “system.out.println(“Your message”);” statements you previously deleted. For doing this, you need to find the exact location in code where this statement should be placed. This is also too much time consuming. Besides this, additional code for additional features will also have additional line of this statement. And again we have to remove these statements one by one before releasing the Version 2 of the software.

Another problem in using “system.out.println(“Your message”);” statement is that it is synchronized, So it is heavyweight. It makes it expensive and time-consuming.

Now if we have something that may help us to write statements like “system.out.println(“Your message”);” which may show the message at the console of our IDE exactly like “system.out.println(“Your message”);” statement and we can disable these statements with a single line of code and enable them again with a single line of code then it will be awesome.

Here Log4j comes with a feature like these and has other features too. We can write statements like “system.out.println(“Your message”);”, we call log. We can write these logs into a file, database, etc at the running time as well. We can set log level(total 7 different types) like info, error, warn, debug, fatal, trace according to the code structure and message we want to show.

The best use of log4j is that it can save logs in a file or database. So at the time of running our software at the client machine, if it generates any problem then we can just collect the log file and find out the problem. This means we can track our code even at the running time.

to be continued…..