This was originally going to be some guideline instructions for a CodePlex project, Essential.Diagnostics that I work on, but it ended up being more an opinion piece so I thought it would fit better on a blog.
There are several trace listeners (loggers) in the .NET Framework that can produce XML output. Outputting to XML results in more complex (verbose) files than, say, a simple text file output, but usually has the benefit of being better processed by tools, correlated across tiers, etc.
There are three main XML listeners, plus one extension in Essential.Diagnostics:
- RollingXmlTraceListener (in Essential.Diagnostics)
- EventSchemaTraceListener (in System.Core)
- EventProviderTraceListener (in System.Core)
Examples of how to configure and use each one (used to produce the output below) is provided in the Essential.Diagnostics project.
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