Debugging is difficult, what’s even more difficult, debugging production apps. Live production apps.
There are tools designed for this purpose. Azure has Application Insights, product that makes retracing history of events easier. When setup correctly you may go from a http request down to a Db call with all the query arguments. Pretty useful and definitely more convenient than sifting through log messages.
Here you can see the exact query that had been executed on the database.
You may also see every log related to a particular request in Log Analytics.
Improving your work life like this is pretty simple. Everything here is done using
opencensus and it’s extensions.
Opencensus integrates with Azure pretty nicely. First thing to do is to install required dependencies.
# pip pip install opencensus-ext-azure opencensus-ext-logging opencensus-ext-sqlalchemy opencensus-ext-requests # pipenv pipenv install opencensus-ext-azure opencensus-ext-logging opencensus-ext-sqlalchemy opencensus-ext-requests # poetry poetry add opencensus-ext-azure opencensus-ext-logging opencensus-ext-sqlalchemy opencensus-ext-requests
Next step is to activate them by including a couple of lines in your code. Here I activate 3 extensions, logging, requests, and sqlalchemy. Here is a list of other official extensions.
import logging from opencensus.trace import config_integration from opencensus.ext.azure.log_exporter import AzureLogHandler logger = logging.getLogger(__name__) config_integration.trace_integrations(["logging", "requests", "sqlalchemy"]) handler = AzureLogHandler( connection_string="InstrumentationKey=YOUR_KEY" ) handler.setFormatter(logging.Formatter("%(traceId)s %(spanId)s %(message)s")) logger.addHandler(handler)
One last thing is a middleware that will instrument every request. This code is taken from Microsoft’s documentation.
@app.middleware("http") async def middlewareOpencensus(request: Request, call_next): tracer = Tracer( exporter=AzureExporter( connection_string="InstrumentationKey=YOUR_KEY" ), sampler=ProbabilitySampler(1.0), ) with tracer.span("main") as span: span.span_kind = SpanKind.SERVER response = await call_next(request) tracer.add_attribute_to_current_span( attribute_key=HTTP_STATUS_CODE, attribute_value=response.status_code ) tracer.add_attribute_to_current_span( attribute_key=HTTP_URL, attribute_value=str(request.url) ) return response
You are done 🙂 you will not loose information on what is going on in the app. You will be quicker in finding problems and resolving them. Life’s good now.