Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Logger: A new PL/SQL Logging & Debugging Tool

I just found out from a client that Tyler Muth, ex-APEX developer and current Oracle SC, has just released a new utility aptly called "Logger".  Logger, well, does what you think it would: logs stuff.

What strikes me as innovative about Logger is not what's there, but what's not there: complexity.  It's just plain easy to use.  Easier than creating table t (col1 varchar2(4000)) and throwing insert statements all around your code.

You simply call it like this:  logger.log('something to log');  That's all you need to get it to work.

Sure, there are a number of great features as you peel back the covers, such as a configurable auto-deletion of logs parameter, timings, and of course, my favorite:  APEX item name & value logging.

You can download Logger here: http://logger.samplecode.oracle.com  All you need is a free OTN account.

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