How can I drill down on stacktrace in asp net mvc application using elastic apm

Introduction

When developing an ASP.NET MVC application, it is common to encounter errors and exceptions. These errors can be difficult to debug, especially when dealing with complex stack traces. However, with the help of Elastic APM, you can easily drill down on the stack trace and identify the root cause of the issue. In this article, we will explore how to use Elastic APM to stack traces in an ASP.NET MVC application.

Setting up Elastic APM

we dive into analyzing stack traces, we need to set up Elastic APM in our ASP.NET MVC application. Follow these to get started:


// Add the following code to your application startup file (e.g., Global.asax.cs or Startup.cs)

using Elastic.Apm.NetCoreAll;

 class MvcApplication : System.Web.HttpApplication
{
    protected void Application_Start()
    {
        // Initialize Elastic APM agent
        Agent.Setup(new AgentComponents());
        
        // Other application startup code...
    }
}

Make sure to install the Elastic APM NuGet package in your project before proceeding.

Analyzing Stack Traces

Once Elastic APM is set up in your ASP.NET MVC application, you can start analyzing stack traces. Elastic APM automatically captures stack traces for exceptions and errors. To drill down on a stack trace, follow these steps:

  1. Trigger an exception or error in your application.
  2. Open the Elastic APM dashboard in your browser.
  3. Navigate to the “Errors” section.
  4. Find the error or exception you want to analyze.
  5. Click on the error to view its .
  6. Scroll down to the “Stack Trace” section.
  7. Inspect the stack trace to identify the root cause of the issue.

By analyzing the stack trace, you can pinpoint the line of code that caused the error or exception. This information is invaluable when debugging and fixing issues in your ASP.NET MVC application.

Example

Let's consider an example where we encounter an exception in our ASP.NET MVC application. We want to drill down on the stack trace to identify the cause of the exception.


public class HomeController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        try
        {
            // Code that may throw an exception
        }
         (Exception ex)
        {
            // Log the exception to Elastic APM
            Agent.Tracer.CaptureException(ex);
        }
        
         View();
    }
}

In this example, we have a controller that may throw an exception. We catch the exception and log it to Elastic APM using the Agent.Tracer.CaptureException method. This ensures that the exception and its stack trace are by Elastic APM for analysis.

After triggering the exception and navigating to the Elastic APM dashboard, we can easily find the error and drill down on its stack trace. This allows us to identify the exact line of code that caused the exception and take appropriate action to fix the issue.

Conclusion

By using Elastic APM, you can effectively drill down on stack traces in your ASP.NET MVC application. This helps in identifying and fixing errors and exceptions quickly. Make sure to set up Elastic APM in your application and follow the steps outlined in this article to analyze stack traces effectively.

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