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Saturday, 11 September 2010

JDeveloper 11g:Using Log4j in a JSF backing bean

Another example which might prove useful to JSF or ADF developers,  is logging within a backing bean.
First, you need to add the Log4j.jar by double clicking the ViewController project. You can see the library window on your left handside, showind the jar already added. Note that you can use logging via log4j in combination with ADFLogger, that is if you are using ADF, or even without it.

Second, you need to create the file in ViewController/src. Another sample file is given here, for your convenience:

# Set root logger level to INFO and its only appender to ConsoleOut.
log4j.rootLogger=INFO, ConsoleOut

# ConsoleOut is set to be a ConsoleAppender.

# ConsoleOut uses PatternLayout.
log4j.appender.ConsoleOut.layout.ConversionPattern=%-5p: [%d] %c{1} - %m%n
#Addon for

Third, you need to code! The example bean code follows:
import org.apache.log4j.Logger;
public class ImageUploadBean extends TuhraBackingBean implements Serializable {
  private Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(this.getClass());
 private void insertRows() {
    if (logger.isDebugEnabled())
       logger.debug("Succeeded in adding new image!");

Finally, your message appears in the log window:

INFO : [2010-09-11 21:47:52,005] ImageUploadBean - Succeeded in adding new image!

Would you like to refactor?
Furthermore, if you use logging in several beans, you could move the declaration code line:

private Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(this.getClass());

to the super class TuhraBackingBean:

package tuhra.view.framework;

import oracle.adf.model.BindingContext;

import oracle.binding.BindingContainer;

import org.apache.log4j.Logger;

/**the purpose of this framework class is to
access the commonly used properties.
public abstract class TuhraBackingBean {
    protected Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(this.getClass());
  /**the purpose of this framework method is to
  access the bindings programmatically.
    public BindingContainer getBindings() {
        return BindingContext.getCurrent().getCurrentBindingsEntry();

Then the log outputs once more:
INFO : [2010-09-16 09:46:37,767] TuhraServiceImpl - New image has been created!
INFO : [2010-09-16 09:46:37,767] ImageUploadBean - Succeeded in adding new image!

where the first info message comes from the application module code (this could be another example I suppose!), while the second from the aforementioned backing bean. You could follow more or less the same steps for JDeveloper 10g too.
Finally, if you need more tips about appenders:

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