.net – Redirect Trace output to Console


Let's say I'm working on a little batch-processing console app in VB.Net. I want to be able to structure the app like this:

Sub WorkerMethod()
   'Do some work
   Trace.WriteLine("Work progress")

   'Do more work
   Trace.WriteLine("Another progress update")

End Sub

Sub Main()

   'Do any setup, like confirm the user wants to continue or whatever


End Sub

Note that I'm using Trace rather than Console for my output. This is because the worker method may be called from elsewhere, or even live in a different assembly, and I want to be able to attach different trace listeners to it. So how can I connect the console to the trace?

I can already do it by defining a simple class (shown below) and adding an instance to the Trace's listeners collection, but I'm wondering if there's a more accepted or built in way to accomplish this:

Public Class ConsoleTrace
    Inherits Diagnostics.TraceListener

    Public Overloads Overrides Sub Write(ByVal message As String)
    End Sub

    Public Overloads Overrides Sub WriteLine(ByVal message As String)
    End Sub
End Class

Best Solution

You can add the following to your exe's .config file.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
        <trace autoflush="true">
                <add name="logListener" type="System.Diagnostics.TextWriterTraceListener" initializeData="cat.log" />
                <add name="consoleListener" type="System.Diagnostics.ConsoleTraceListener"/>

I included the TextWriter as well, in case you're interested in logging to a file.