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Using HTML Comments for Server Trace/Log/Debug Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015624D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention defines a technique where the log/trace information can be easily viewed on the client's browser without the encumbrances described above.

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Using HTML Comments for Server Trace/Log/Debug Information

This invention defines a technique where the log/trace information can be easily viewed on the client's browser without the encumbrances described above.

In e-business web applications, the majority of pages are dynamic, built at the time of the request using various combinations of servlets, beans, and dynamic web pages. During development, and even after public deployment, the possibility exists of coding errors or system errors on the server that would cause the page to not display as intended. Using good programming practices and prior art, a web application would typically write trace or log information on the server as part of the process of building the page. The developer could look at these logs to assist in problem determination.

In many environments, accessing this trace/log information in the logs on the server can be very difficult:

     - Commercial Domain Service Providers often protect their server logs. Individual domain owners cannot always access these logs without intervention by the system administrator.

     - Logs often interweave multiple web applications and multiple sessions per web application into one log file. Extracting the desired information can be difficult.

     - Logs can often grow to very large sizes before being pruned. If the log is on a remote system, possibly accessed via dialup, the size of the log prevents it from easily being transferred for viewing.

The process defined by thi...