As any developer or system administrator will tell you, log files are an extremely useful tool for debugging issues within a web application. In fact, log files are typically utilized as the primary source of information when a website is malfunctioning.
As time goes on, more and more organizations are abandoning the outdated waterfall development methodology for more practical and efficient Agile development practices. As this movement has occurred, development teams are moving faster than ever by employing Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) practices that are serving to shorten development cycles and get new features into production with increasing speed.
If you are like most software developers, your code often doesn’t work the first time you write and test it—and a good portion of your job is dedicated to troubleshooting errors caused by the configuration of your application server or the code you have written. This type of troubleshooting typically involves analyzing log files.