Tutorials for Getting Started with Loupe Desktop

A few weeks ago, I made some tutorials for Loupe Server. Today, I put out a few for Loupe Desktop as well to show people how to set up Loupe Desktop for local logging and how to use the New Session View.

Setting Up Loupe Desktop for Viewing Local Sessions

In the first tutorial, I take a WPF application on .NET Framework and add the Loupe Agent. Adding the Loupe Agent is enough to get my application recognized by Loupe Desktop. Without adding anything else, I can start viewing my log data in real-time and browse previous application sessions. Specifically, I find the fact that Loupe saves every session incredibly useful for development as I can compare sessions before and after I make changes and see what I have improved/broken!

The New Session View

The New Session View is a feature I have written about in the past, and it’s one of my favorites. In this tutorial, I go over making graphs, charts, and grids (aka spreadsheets) with your log data. You can use it to measure specific performance metrics over time, compare the frequency of particular database calls with a bar graph, and so much more.

I am especially happy about making these tutorials though because Loupe Desktop is so easy to access. It’s completely free! But I also understand that plenty of users want to use Loupe not on .NET Framework but on .NET Core and .NET 5. So I’m planning for any upcoming tutorial content that I create to use a sample application built with ASP.NET on .NET 5, likely starting with a look at the real-time log viewer.

For now, you can take a deeper look at Loupe Desktop in the link below, no matter what version of .NET you use. Download it for yourself to get a better log viewer for your application today.

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