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Updated Feb 4, 2010 by

The JMesa project uses the Simple Logging Facade for Java (SLF4J). The reason is I think it offers the ability to be an easy, flexible and reliable logging framework.

A while back a JMesa user asked about moving to SLF4J. I did some checking and this seems like a much better approach to logging. In addition it offers two ways to work with the commons-logging framework making this an easier buy-in for developers. I also like that the creator of log4j is supporting the library, and his new logging framework has support built in.

More information can be found on the SLF4J User manual.


If you are using Log4j the minimum jar files needed is:

  • slf4j-api-1.4.3.jar
  • slf4j-log4j12-1.4.3.jar
  • log4j-1.2.8.jar

To add support for the commons-logging framework also add:

  • jcl104-over-slf4j-1.4.3.jar

Thats it! Just a few new jar files and you are now using SLF4J.

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