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The Ultimate Guide to Logging: Written by Tech People, for Tech People

By Jason Skowronski 16 Sep 2015

Today, Loggly is excited to announce the official launch of the Ultimate Guide to Logging, a collaborative project in partnership with some of the best minds in the global logging community. This system and application logging resource is open source and vendor neutral — written by tech people, for tech people.

Whether you’re new to logging or a seasoned developer or DevOps professional looking to grow your logging expertise, the Ultimate Guide to Logging will help you make better use of your logs to solve real-world operational issues and gain insight into your application. We’ve made it easy to browse the Guide to find valuable expertise, troubleshooting tips, best practices, and helpful examples which demonstrate how to analyze and use logs to better run your systems.

The Guide explores a range of logging topics – from open-source log management tools to a deep-dive into logging in multiple languages – and currently includes individual guides for Apache, Java, Linux, Node, Systemd, and Windows. Here are a few examples of what each guide covers:

  • Apache: Reviews HTTP status codes and outlines how to determine the source of problems, such as particular webpages or IP addresses.
  • Java: Shows you how to troubleshoot memory errors.
  • Node: Explores several popular logging frameworks, such as Winston and Bunyan, allowing you to choose the best one.
  • Systemd: Shows you how to search and centralize your journal entries.
  • Windows and Linux: Shows who is trying to log into your system and which services might be crashing.

These individual guides follow a common-sense structure with an overview of what’s in the logs and where to find them; tips for how to search and analyze logs to find valuable information; strategies for troubleshooting common issues and finding the root cause; and steps for centralizing or aggregating logs in a large distributed system.

Once you find a particular section that’s interesting, you can easily browse related sections covering similar topics. Our goal with the Ultimate Guide for Logging is to cover the most common problems in order to help you solve them  quickly and effectively.

In the coming months, we’ll introduce you to some of the great minds behind the Ultimate Guide for Logging.

In the meantime, if you have suggestions or want to contribute to the effort, we’d love to hear from you. Or, if you’d like to host the Ultimate Guide for Logging (or a specific piece of content) on your website, please reach out.

Help us make the Ultimate Guide for Logging useful to the greater logging community by spreading the word.

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Happy Logging!

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Jason Skowronski

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