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If you need Logging in your application and Log4Net is not an option (for whatever reason), then the "Logging Application Block" that is part of the Microsoft Enterprise Library may be a good choice.

I will look at Enterprise Library Version 4.1 - October 2008, which is available for download here, because is supports Windows Server 2003.

If you are not already familiar with the concepts of logging, i recomend to read this rather technical blog-entry "Log Event to Listener Routing in Enterprise Library".

So, what do we need if we want to log from a SharePoint-Solution into a database or text-file ?
Well, first of all download and install the Enterprise Library 4.1.
Then, we need to reference some assemblies:

  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Common.dll
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Logging.dll
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Logging.Configuration.Design.dll
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Logging.Database.dll
  • Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder2.dll

Now there are two things missing before we can enjoy the Logging:

  • the logging-database
    well, we could log to a textfile. But with SharePoint we already use one (or more) databases, so we'd like a database for the log, too.
  • the configuration
    that's part of the web.config

Finally, the link to the MSDN documentation on the Logging Application Block.

Posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 3:46 PM | Back to top


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