Java Debugging Printouts

Java Debugging Printouts


You want to have debugging statements left in your code enabled at runtime. 


Use my Debug class. 


Instead of using the conditional compilation mechanism of Recipe 1.10, you may want to leave your debugging statements in the code but enable them only at runtime when a problem surfaces. This is a good technique for all but the most computeintensive applications, because the overhead of a simple if statement is not all that great. Let’s combine the flexibility of runtime checking with the simple if statement to debug a hypothetical fetch( ) method (part of

String name = "poem";
if (System.getProperty("debug.fetch") != null) {
 System.err.println("Fetching " + name);
value = fetch(name);

Then, we can compile and run this normally and the debugging statement is omitted. But if we run it with a -D argument to enable debug.fetch, the printout occurs:

> java Fetch # See? No output
> java -Ddebug.fetch Fetch
Fetching poem

Of course this kind of if statement is tedious to write in large quantities, so I have encapsulated it into a Debug class, which is part of my com.darwinsys.util package. appears in full in Recipe 1.17 at the end of this chapter. My Debug class also provides the string “debug.” as part of the argument to System.getProperty( ), so we can simplify the previous Fetch example as follows (code in

String name = "poem", value;
Fetch f = new Fetch( );
Debug.println("fetch", "Fetching " + name);
value = f.fetch(name);

Running it behaves identically to the original Fetch:

> java FetchDebug # again, no output
> java -Ddebug.fetch FetchDebug
Fetching poem


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