Using SL4J and SimpleLogger with Servlets

Sriram S
We saw in my previous blog that SLF4J and SimpleLogger support the most critical logging requirements with ease. In this blog, we will see how to use SLF4J in a Servlets based application. The general practice is to initialize logging related objects and parameters at the startup of an application. In case of Servlets, any of the servlet in the Web Application can be invoked due to user action. So we need to use a different technique for initializing logging related objects.

Log API Comparison – Java Logger vs SLF4J

Sriram S

Log statements help record the flow of an application’s execution. Hence they are an important part of software coding process. For the Java language the common Log API libraries are Java Util Logger (commonly known as JUL), Apache Log4J, SLF4J etc. While these libraries support many advanced capabilities, most developers only use a handful of features. For example, ability to send log messages to files and the ability change log levels dynamically etc.

In this blog I will compare JUL against SLF4J and focus on these above mentioned features. Many will argue that this is not a fair comparison since SFL4J is really a facade and supports JUL as well. To clarify, I will compare the SimpleLogger that is bundled with SLF4J against direct JUL usage.