Before you start
In this tutorial, learn how to couple several IBM products to create an infrastructure for application logging. Use IBM solidDB — a fast, in-memory database — as a cache on the application side to decouple the application from the logging infrastructure. Use WebSphere Message Queue (MQ) to persistently store and transfer messages to WebSphere Message Broker (WMB), where you can analyze and transform the messages into different XML output formats. Finally, store the messages in DB2 for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows®. The pureXML capabilities make it possible to store the log files in their native XML format and later query and analyze the logs.
This tutorial introduces the challenges of application logging, how to use XML in this context, and how to set up an infrastructure that brings application logging into your business.
In this tutorial, learn how to work with IBM tools, including IBM solidDB, WebSphere Message Broker, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
This tutorial is written for users whose skills and experience are at a beginning to intermediate level. You should have a general familiarity with installing and using software, especially DB2, WebSphere MQ, WebSphere Message Broker, and solidDB.
To set up the infrastructure introduced in this tutorial, you need a Windows box (Server 2003, Vista, or Server 2008) with at least 2GB of free disk space, full administrator access to the box, and the ability to reboot the box several times a day. You should not use a production server machine, but a dedicated box where you can safely play around.