Updated Release of ReflectInsight Now Available to Download

ReflectSoftware is pleased to announce the availability of our next release of ReflectInsight.

This update includes the following new features:

  • Bug fixes and improvements to the Viewer.

Download ReflectInsight now and enjoy!

ReflectSoftware Team

Getting Started with the Log4net Insight Extension

We’ve added support for the Log4net appender. This allows you to leverage your current investment in log4net, but leverage the power and flexibility that comes with the ReflectInsight viewer. You can view your log4net messages in real-time, in a rich viewer that allows you to filter out and search for what really matters to you.

The log4net extension supports Log4net v1.2.11.0. However if you need to support an older version, then you will need to download the ReflectInsight Logging Extensions Library from CodePlex. You can then reference and rebuild the extension against a specific release of the log4net DLL.

Log4net Configuration

1. Download the ReflectInsight Extension Binaries or Source and rebuild if necessary.

2. Once you have the ReflectInsight Extensions, go to your project in Visual Studio and add a reference to ReflectSoftware.Insight.Extensions.Log4net.dll.
3. The next step is to configure your app or web configuration file and incorporate the ReflectInsight appender. If you don’t already have an App.config or Web.config, add it. Then open the configuration file and add a new config section as shown here:


4. Now you need to add another configuration file to your project for the Insight configuration. Typically this is called Insight.config.

5. Now that you’ve added the Insight configuration file to your project, we’ll need to add an entry to your app/web configuration file to reference it:


6. Now you need to configure your log4net configuration with an reference to the ReflectInsight Appender. Update your log4net section with the following:


7. That’s it, you’re done!

8. For an even easier setup and configuration, try using our NuGet package which will automate all of this for you.

NuGet Package

We’ve created a NuGet package for our Log4net extension. You can find it over on Nuget.

To install ReflectSoftware.Insight.Extensions.Log4net extension, run the following command in the Package Manager Console.





Documentation for our ReflectInsight Viewer is available here.
Documentation for our ReflectInsight Logging Extensions can be found here.


Feedback on our Insight Extensions or the ReflectInsight Viewer can be done on our UserVoice site.

ReflectInsight Viewer Download

The ReflectInsight Viewer can be download from here.


ReflectInsight Logging Extensions Now Available on Nuget Gallery

The ReflectInsight Logging Extensions are now available as NuGet packages. This is the easiest way to add the extensions to your project and keep them updated when more recent versions are available.


Getting the Extensions into Your Project

The ReflectInsight Extensions are not released as part of ReflectInsight, but are instead released through Microsoft’s NuGet distribution feature. NuGet allows you to add references to your projects by pulling in the relevant DLL’s directly into your project from the web. This really makes it easy to incorporate the extensions and keep them updated.

In Visual Studio 2010 onwards there is a Visual Studio Extension called the Library Package Manager which provides an easy way to browse and install the appropriate assembly from the web into your projects. If your using Visual Studio 2005/2008, we recommend you download the source and/or binaries from the CodePlex site and add the references the usual way.

To find the ReflectInsight Extensions on NuGet, right click on your project and click on the Manage NuGet Packages menu item. This will then bring up the Manage NuGet Extensions dialog as shown below. Search for ReflectSoftware and you will see all the available extensions.



Documentation and Samples

Documentation for the ReflectInsight Extensions, along with complete code samples is available on InsightExtensions CodePlex Site.

Download Details

The ReflectInsight Extensions source code repository is hosted on CodePlex. This will enable everyone in the community to be able to engage and provide feedback on the latest code checkins, bug fixes, and new feature enhancements. Community contributions are welcomed and encouraged so that we may build ReflectInsight Extensions into an even better product.

More information can be found on the InsightExtensions CodePlex Site.

ReflectSoftware Team

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