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LogStash: Yes, Logging Can Be Awesome

James Turnbull

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LogStash: Yes, Logging Can Be Awesome


Note: This meeting is at 6:00pm NOT 6:30pm


Logging. Everyone does it. Many without even knowing why they do it. It is considered a boring chore. A chore that is done by habit rather than for a purpose and one that does little more than consume CPU cycles and arrays of disks. Too many log environments are build with the maxim:

“We should keep those logs in case we need them for something.”

Rather than:

“Those logs tell use critical things about our applications and infrastructure.”

But logging doesn’t have to be a chore or a purposeless exercise. Logging can be a core and critical part of your Development and Operations activities that adds value and helps you be more efficient, effective and identify and resolve issues faster.

This session will show you how to do logging right with open source framework LogStash. We’ll learn how to build a scalable, performant and useful open source logging environment. You’ll see how to structure your events, give them context and make them available to search and consume by developers and operations staff. LogStash will change the way you think (and how much you care!) about logging. You’ll certainly never think logging is boring again.*

* Actual thoughts may vary.

Afterwards:

Join us afterwards for drinks at McKenna's where we'll continue the discussion over drinks. McKenna's is located at 250 W 14th St. Our reservation is for 8pm.

Links:

Logstash - http://www.logstash.net

Bio:

James is an author and open source geek. James authored The LogStash Book and two books about Puppet (Pro Puppet and the earlier book about Puppet.) He is also the author of three other books including Pro Linux System Administration, Pro Nagios 2.0, and Hardening Linux.

For a real job, James is VP of Tech Ops for Puppet Labs. He likes food, wine, books, photography and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach and holding hands.

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  • Robert M.

    Hey everyone,

    Apologies for the delay in getting the video up to YouTube, but it's now being uploaded and will be viewable here: http://youtu.be/czEeiqdeLYA

    (It may take a bit until the video's available; be patient!)

    2 · August 9, 2013

  • Wilken R.

    I found it to be motivating and interesting and, yes, I will be purchasing the Logstash book. Thanks NYLUG and James for the great presentation.

    July 13, 2013

  • Vito

    Can't make it sorry.

    July 9, 2013

    • Robert M.

      Not yet. Once it's up on YouTube, we'll post the link to it here.

      July 12, 2013

    • Gregg C L.

      I happen to know that eight penguins have it and are watching to see if it reveals any of their secrets, including the secret handshake.

      July 12, 2013

  • Artie J.

    If a new user has a bad time, it's a bug.

    3 · July 12, 2013

  • Harry W.

    Great intro to logstash, thanks James!

    July 11, 2013

  • Stephen C.

    James Turnbull was informative and entertaining. The hour long presentation went by quickly.

    July 11, 2013

  • Gregg C L.

    Interesting. But not immediately useful.

    July 11, 2013

  • Chris M.

    I had 7pm on my calendar somehow... There is no way I'll make it in time now. Sorry.

    July 11, 2013

  • Owen H.

    Last minute emergency, I hope someone else gets my spot and enjoys the talk.

    July 11, 2013

  • Ric

    Saw Brian's message that it'll be streamed later - please use my spot!

    July 11, 2013

  • Bryant G.

    Sorry guys, maybe next time.

    July 10, 2013

  • james

    Can't make it - :-( ... Take notes for me ok? ;-)

    July 9, 2013

  • Gregg C L.

    Now how the <BLEEP!> did I end up on the wait list for next months event? That normally does not happen.

    June 27, 2013

    • Robert M.

      Well, you're coming anyway. :)

      July 9, 2013

    • Gregg C L.

      I am, of course. However the house penguins aren't allowing the recording of the event, unless your rig is running their OS.

      July 9, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Has anyone used flume instead of logstash?

    June 28, 2013

    • Brian G.

      Although their may be some overlap in functionality, I don't really think they are 100% competing projects, as I thought flume was basically like a big log shipper/aggregator, and logstash was all about providing hooks for filtering and searching (while able to aggregate and ship as well)?

      July 9, 2013

  • Robert M.

    I caught a talk of James' at PuppetCamp earlier this year. Great stuff; looking forward to this one!

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Peter H.

    This is an awesome topic. I'll be there.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jose B.

    I would like to attend to this event.

    June 28, 2013

  • Manish

    Good to know more about LogStash

    June 27, 2013

  • Alexander S.

    Thank you.

    June 27, 2013

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