Yuletide Logging


'Twas a night before Christmas and on the ops floor
All the servers were humming behind the closed door
The app was deployed to the servers with care
In hopes that the customers soon would be there
When from out of the phone there arose such a clatter
I sprang out of my chair to see what was the matter
"The website is down!" said the boss with a shout
"We need to make money, so figure it out!"
I logged in to the server and looked all around
But the app had no logging; no reason was found
With no other choice, I called the developer
Who said "just restart it, I'm sure that'll fix 'er"
I ran the right service, up the app came
Only to come down again and again
If there but was a way to know what was wrong
I could fix it for sure, but no logging was found

Good logging is crucial for applications in production. In an emergency, you will want it to be as easy as possible to track down problems when they happen. With good logs you can ensure that minor bugs don't cause major downtime and data loss problems. Good logs can help track down security issues and can provide an auditable trail of changes to track down who did what and when.

Log::Any is a lightweight, generic API built for interoperable logging for CPAN modules. Much like DBI allows interoperable database interfaces, CHI allows interoperable caching interfaces, and PSGI allows interoperable web applications, Log::Any allows a CPAN module to produce logs that fit into your environment whether you just want to see logs on your terminal, you're using Log4perl to directly send e-mail alerts to your operations team, or you're using a local rsyslog daemon to transmit logs to an ElasticSearch instance via Logstash.

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meta::hack log


Last week, I attended meta::hack, the MetaCPAN hackathon in Chicago. I'm the maintainer for CPAN Testers, the central database for CPAN users to send in test reports on CPAN distributions and one of MetaCPAN's data sources. I asked to join them so I could improve how MetaCPAN consumes CPAN Testers data, and ensure the stability and reliability of that consumption.

Here's a detailed log of what I was able to accomplish, and information on the new development of CPAN Testers.

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Beam::Emitter v1.004 released


This week, I released a new version of Beam::Emitter. A lot has changed since the first releases, so here's some details on all the new features.

Beam::Emitter is a role for turning your classes into event emitters. Being an event emitter allows other classes to subscribe to important events from your object. Subscribers can use these events to perform additional tasks, transform your object's data, or otherwise extend and enhance your class. Beam::Emitter makes your class extensible by allowing you to provide specific places for custom code to run.

Since the 1.000 release last year, Beam::Emitter has gotten quite a few new features and bug fixes to make it easier to use and safer for your code.

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Log::Any 1.044 TRIAL released


A new trial of Log::Any (1.044) has been released. This release has a couple changes that make Log::Any a bit more predictable:

  • Passing in objects to formatted log methods now handles objects that overload stringify correctly. Previously, these objects would be given to Data::Dumper, which violates object encapsulation. Thanks Philipp Gortan (@mephinet)!
  • The imported Log::Any object (use Log::Any '$log') can now be named anything (like $LOG or $foo).

Since CPAN Testers is still catching up from its little bit of downtime a few weeks ago, I won't be releasing this as stable until I get some success reports in. So, you've got some time to test this against your own codebase if you need to. Please report any issues to the Log-Any Github repository.