Using Application Insights in order to keep track of your Azure Functions

The last two posts had me writing about how logging can be implemented in your Azure Functions and how you can reuse class libraries using a different logging library, like log4net. You probably already have some logging- and monitoring system in place, but if you're starting to use Azure Functions (or any other Azure service for that matter), the best tooling to use is Application Insights, in my opinion. You don't even have to use Azure services in order to use Application Insights. Read more →

First steps into logging of your Azure Functions

Creating a solution with multiple small services is great of course. It provides you with a lot of flexibility and scalability. There are however a couple of things you have to think about when designing and developing a solution with multiple services. One of the things you need to figure out is how to implement proper logging. For an actual production system you need to have this in place in order to monitor and debug the overall solution. Read more →

Using Application Insights in your log4net application

In my previous post I've described how to use Application Insights and use it within your new web application. Most of us aren't working in a greenfield project, so new solutions have to be integrated with the old. The project I'm working on uses log4net for logging messages, exceptions, etc. In order for us to use Application Insights, we had to search for a solution to integrate both. After having done some research on the subject we discovered this wasn't a big problem. Read more →

Adding Application Insights to your application

Some time ago the Application Insights became available as a preview in the Azure portal. Application Insights helps you monitor the state of an application, server, clients, etc. As said, it's still in preview, but it's rather stable and very easy to use and implement in your applications. The documentation is still being worked on, but with all the getting started guides on the Microsoft site you can kick start your project with it in a couple of minutes. Read more →