Good logging practice in Python

Logging is important in our life. When you transfer money, there will be logs for the transaction. When an airplane is flying, the black box will record flight data. If something goes wrong, people can read the log and get a chance to figure out what happened. Likewise, logging is also essential for software development. When a program crashes, if there is no logging record, you have little chance to understand what happened. Now, let’s see an example in real life. The following screenshot is the log data from one of my running server:

Not only for the servers, but logging is also crucial for almost any kind of software systems. For instance, say you have a GUI app, and it keeps writing logging records in a text file. With that, when your program crashes on the customer’s PC, you can ask them to send the log file to you, then you might be able to figure out why. In the past, I build different apps, all with good logging practices, and this solves countless problems for me. Trust me, you will never know what kind of strange issues there will be in different environments. I once received an error log report like this:


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