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Azure DevOps Podcast

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Oct 31, 2022

Nicholas Blumhardt is the Founder/CEO at @datalust_seq, core maintainer for #Serilog, founder of @AutofacIoC, and long-ago .NET PM at Microsoft. He resides in Brisbane, Australia.


Topics of Discussion:

[2:25] Nicholas talks about what got him into structured logging.

[7:09] As a consultant, what surprised Nicholas about structured logging?

[7:57] Rather than just being able to easily pass the logs that he was already writing, Nicholas could think about building something that was more like a developer interface for the app.

[10:07] A lot of people associate the tooling and technology with DevOps, but if you dig back into why we originally set out on that path, it was much more about the practices.

[11:10] Building your systems so that they are easier to run and diagnose issues is really where it’s at.

[12:25] Structured logging is just one tool in the tool belt to achieve observability.

[13:54] What other tools does Nicholas use to gain observability?

[17:09] What is Serilog and how does it serve as an interface for structured logging?

[29:51] Why is Seq useful and why should listeners give it a try?


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