Wednesday 24 August 2005 — This is almost 18 years old. Be careful.
Jeff Atwood extolls the virtues of Microsoft Log Parser. It provides a SQL syntax for querying log files of diverse heritages. It sounds very cool, and damn handy. From a quick look through the source he provides, I didn’t see how to plug in new input parsers, though the architecture diagram he shows has a block for them. With CSV and XML inputs available, I guess you could transform anything you like into something it could eat even without plugins.
Which is funny, because I'm working on a project at home with a very similar dynamic... you have an XML document which defines how to build a parser for other XML documents.
That said, you can download a sample C# project from the repository section of Mike's site that has the skeleton ILogParserInputContext COM interface already plugged in for you...
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