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Evolution of the diagnostic log

Year after year, feature after feature, the diagnostic log has grown into a massive file on busy servers. With 4D v19R5, we included a new database parameter allowing you to choose the log level of the diagnostic log file. It will help you control the diagnostic log size by logging only what you really need.

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Optimize your ORDA code with requests logging

Ever need to analyze the traffic of your ORDA requests between a client and the 4D server? Sometimes it may take a while to receive a response from the server, which can make you wonder if it’s due to network traffic or to an unoptimized request you’ve written! Thankfully, 4D v17 R6 makes it possible to determine the likely reason(s) for this latency with the new ORDA methods available on the ds object. They’re not only debugging functions, they also allow you to optimize your ORDA code with a better understanding of the sent requests.

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Better debug logs with these improvements

As a 4D developer, you may have already activated the debug log to troubleshoot problems. 4D v17 R5 introduces several improvements to help you analyze these files, such as logging only the current process and logging calls to member methods (collection or object methods).

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Log your SMTP conversations

As promised in a previous post, each R-release includes more advances related to email functionality, unlocking its hidden power.

4D v17 R5 provides an interesting new feature for email logs. Sometimes during development everything works fine but when you deploy to the customer, there’s a problem delivering emails. Discovering where the failure occurs can be difficult, since the communication is encrypted and you often don’t have access to the SMTP server log files. The problem is very likely related to your SMTP server, but how can you be sure? Simply start the SMTP log in your application! This log contains a record of all the actions performed, including those stopping the connection. Even better, this log shows the communications with the SMTP server in plain, non-encrypted text, making it easier to analyze.

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Easy access to log files

Log files can be extremely useful for troubleshooting. They’re also a big help for finding the root cause of an incident. Logs let us track of where a problem occurred, and when. Before, with the Get 4D folder command, you could easily access the folder containing all the logs. Now, 4D v16 R6 makes easy to find a particular log file, thanks to the enhancement of the Get 4D file command.