Why do some people use third party logging libraries?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by MacMan988, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. MacMan988 macrumors 6502a

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    I have seen that there are many third-party logging libraries out there. What are the pros (apart from color coding) of using them over simple print("") or NSLog outputs? And what are some most popular libraries to use for logging purpose?
     
  2. Mascots, Jan 26, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2018

    Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Well, some are faster than NSLog, but I like them for the ability to tweak the various levels of output to the appropriate audience as well as build log files for export when unexpected issues arise (crashes automatically upload them to my analytics). I'll collect all the noise from my testers and only errors from my general users, often with some sort of toggle to enable in-depth logging, that can be submitted through the app when other issues arise and they reach out to me.

    Apple also has introduced a new logging framework within iOS, in iOS 10, called os_log and they suggest using that but I have yet to get the opportunity.. it very well could be garbage and the reason iOS vomits all over the debugger now.
     

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