It’s kind of ironic that soon after I finished writing a log viewer for my log4Net XML logs, I came across this universal log parsing tool by Microsoft called Log Parser 2.2. I started playing with it and it seems pretty good at what it does. You can create nice looking HTML reports and even charts from your log data (xml, csv, tsv, active directory objects, registry, etc.). All it takes is some basic SQL skills, and you are on your way to producing meaningful views / reports out of your log files. The beauty of the tool is in its extensibility; you can parse an array of data types using this tool.

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