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 1      About Futurama
 1.1        Version information
 1.2        Getting Started
 1.2.1          Futurama Website
 1.2.1.1            Behavior of Futurama regarding TimeOuts, Login and Logoff
 1.2.1.2            Replacing an existing Futurama Session
 1.2.2          Futurama Webservice
 1.2.2.1            warmUpDocuments
 1.2.3          Futurama Export
 1.3        Overview - Futurama Modules
 1.3.1          Overview - Futurama Accounts
 1.3.2          Overview - Futurama Server
 1.3.3          Overview - Futurama Monitor
 1.3.4          Overview - Futurama Insight
 1.3.5          Overview - Futurama Console
 1.3.6          Overview - Futurama Webservice
 1.4        Loadbalancing Futurama applications
 1.4.1          Getting the most out of Futurama Web using the Load-Balancer
 1.4.2          Application Request Routing
 1.5        Text management and Multi-language
 2      Installation – Configuration – Testing
 2.1        Installation - Futurama Website Edition
 2.1.1          Installation Futurama HTML
 2.1.2          Installation Futurama Monitor
 2.1.3          Installation Futurama Insight
 2.1.4          Installation Futurama Accounts
 2.1.5          Installation SAML2LoadBalancer
 2.2        Installation - Futurama Export Edition
 2.2.1          Installation Futurama Console
 2.2.2          Installation Futurama Server
 2.3        Installation - Futurama Webservice Edition
 2.3.1          Installation Futurama Webservice
 2.4        Installation Futurama Editor
 2.5        Configuration
 2.5.1          Configuration - Cache
 2.5.2          Configuration - Calculation
 2.5.3          Configuration - Debug
 2.5.4          Configuration - File manager
 2.5.5          Configuration - Fileproviders
 2.5.6          Configuration - Format
 2.5.7          Configuration - History
 2.5.8          Configuration - Identity Provider
 2.5.9          Configuration - Log
 2.5.10           Configuration - Mail
 2.5.11           Configuration - Mapping
 2.5.12           Configuration - Monitor
 2.5.13           Configuration - PlugIns
 2.5.14           Configuration - Rendering
 2.5.15           Configuration - ScenarioRecording
 2.5.16           Configuration - Security
 2.5.17           Configuration - Server
 2.5.18           Configuration - Vision
 2.5.19           Configuration - WebAPI
 2.6        Logging
 2.7        Troubleshooting
 2.8        Security - hardening
 3      Updating and file compatibility
 3.1        Updating Futurama - Compatibility behavior
 3.2        Converting Futurama documents
 3.3        12819 - DataTable file updates
 3.4        12889 - DataTable file updates
 3.5        Conversion web.config to .NET Framework 4
 3.6        Deprecated conversion formulas
 4      Futurama Editor - How to
 4.1        At first glance
 4.2        Developing in the Futurama Editor
 4.2.1          Working with objects
 4.2.2          Evaluating objects
 4.2.3          Finding objects
 4.3        Transferring objects
 4.4        Testing objects
 4.5        Validating objects
 4.6        Troubleshooting objects
 4.7        Advanced/special functionality
 4.8        Checking the layout of objects
 5      Futurama - Formulas
 5.1        Futurama Formulas - Date and time
 5.1.1          Date
 5.1.2          Day
 5.1.3          Days360
 5.1.4          Days360Excel
 5.1.5          DaysInMonth
 5.1.6          DaysInPeriod
 5.1.7          Min
 5.1.8          Max
 5.1.9          Month
 5.1.10           Now
 5.1.11           WeekDay
 5.1.12           Year
 5.2        Futurama Formulas - Math
 5.2.1          Abs
 5.2.2          Add
 5.2.3          Divide
 5.2.4          Floor
 5.2.5          Ln
 5.2.6          Log
 5.2.7          Log10
 5.2.8          Mod
 5.2.9          Multiply
 5.2.10           Pi
 5.2.11           Power
 5.2.12           Rand
 5.2.13           Round
 5.2.14           RoundDown
 5.2.15           RoundUp
 5.2.16           SquareRoot
 5.2.17           Subtract
 5.3        Futurama Formulas - Statistical
 5.3.1          AverageDeviation
 5.3.2          Beta
 5.3.3          Binomial
 5.3.4          Covariance
 5.3.5          Factorial
 5.3.6          Gamma
 5.3.7          GeometricMean
 5.3.8          Lognormal
 5.3.9          Max
 5.3.10           Median
 5.3.11           Min
 5.3.12           Normal
 5.3.13           StandardDeviation
 5.3.14           Uniform
 5.3.15           Variance
 5.4        Futurama Formulas - Text
 5.4.1          CalculateBase64Hashcode
 5.4.2          CalculateXmlHashcode
 5.4.3          Concatenate
 5.4.4          ConcatenateBase64
 5.4.5          ContainsText
 5.4.6          Convert.CSV.2.XML
 5.4.7          ConvertFromBase64
 5.4.8          ConvertToBase64
 5.4.9          ConvertXml
 5.4.10           DecodeURL
 5.4.11           DecryptXml
 5.4.12           EncodeURL
 5.4.13           EncryptXml
 5.4.14           Find
 5.4.15           HashBase64EncodedFile
 5.4.16           HashBase64EncodedFileWithBase64
 5.4.17           HashText
 5.4.18           HashTextWithBase64
 5.4.19           Left
 5.4.20           Len
 5.4.21           Linefeed
 5.4.22           Lower
 5.4.23           Mid
 5.4.24           Proper
 5.4.25           ReadConfigKey
 5.4.26           ReadDirectoryNames
 5.4.27           ReadFile
 5.4.28           ReadFileAsBase64
 5.4.29           ReadFileNames
 5.4.30           ReadFileWithEncoding
 5.4.31           ReadXPathScalar
 5.4.32           ReadXPathVector
 5.4.33           Repeat
 5.4.34           Right
 5.4.35           Substitute
 5.4.36           Trim
 5.4.37           TrimLeft
 5.4.38           TrimRight
 5.4.39           Upper
 5.4.40           ValidatePattern
 5.4.41           XsdMessages
 5.5        Futurama Formulas - Logical
 5.5.1          And
 5.5.2          IsEmpty
 5.5.3          If
 5.5.4          IsEqual
 5.5.5          IsEven
 5.5.6          IsGreater
 5.5.7          IsGreaterEqual
 5.5.8          IsIBANChecksumValid
 5.5.9          IsLess
 5.5.10           IsLessEqual
 5.5.11           IsMemberOfGroup
 5.5.12           IsNotEqual
 5.5.13           IsOdd
 5.5.14           IsValidXml
 5.5.15           Not
 5.5.16           Or
 5.5.17           ValidateNPR
 5.6        Futurama Formulas - Table
 5.6.1          FindNextRow
 5.6.2          FindPreviousRow
 5.6.3          FindRow
 5.6.4          Sort
 5.6.5          VLookUp
 5.7        Futurama Formulas - Document
 5.7.1          CountErrors
 5.7.2          GetPathToDataFiles
 5.7.3          GetPortNumber
 5.7.4          GetRelativePathToDataFiles
 5.7.5          GetSessionID
 5.7.6          IsLicenceAvailable
 5.7.7          ReadError
 5.7.8          ReadIdentityProviderResult
 5.7.9          ReadRequestIP
 5.7.10           ReadRequestParameter
 5.7.11           ReadUserAgent
 5.7.12           ReadVersionNumber
 5.7.13           SessionTimeOut
 5.7.14           URL
 5.7.15           UserName
 5.8        Futurama Formulas - Conversion
 5.8.1          Convert.Excel.to.XML
 5.8.2          ConvertJSONtoXml
 5.8.3          ConvertTextToDate
 5.8.4          ConvertTextToNumber
 5.8.5          ConvertToBoolean
 5.8.6          ConvertToDouble
 5.8.7          ConvertToLong
 5.8.8          ConvertToString
 5.8.9          FormatDate
 5.8.10           FormatNumber
 5.8.11           Value
 5.9        Futurama Formulas - Matrix
 5.9.1          AddMatrices
 5.9.2          AddScalarToMatrix
 5.9.3          Cumulative
 5.9.4          CumulativeProductMatrix
 5.9.5          Distinct
 5.9.6          DivideMatrices
 5.9.7          DivideMatrixScalar
 5.9.8          DivideScalarMatrix
 5.9.9          Exponent
 5.9.10           First
 5.9.11           Floor
 5.9.12           If
 5.9.13           Index
 5.9.14           Inverse
 5.9.15           IsEqual
 5.9.16           IsGreater
 5.9.17           IsGreaterEqual
 5.9.18           IsNotEqual
 5.9.19           IsLess
 5.9.20           IsLessEqual
 5.9.21           Join
 5.9.22           Last
 5.9.23           Length
 5.9.24           MatrixProduct
 5.9.25           Max
 5.9.26           MaxScalarMatrix
 5.9.27           Mean
 5.9.28           Mid
 5.9.29           Min
 5.9.30           MinScalarMatrix
 5.9.31           MultiplyMatrices
 5.9.32           MultiplyMatrixVector
 5.9.33           MultiplyScalarMatrix
 5.9.34           Percentile
 5.9.35           PowerMatrix
 5.9.36           PowerMatrixScalar
 5.9.37           PowerScalarMatrix
 5.9.38           ReadMatrixFromXml
 5.9.39           Repeat
 5.9.40           Replace
 5.9.41           Reshape
 5.9.42           ReverseCumulativeProductMatrix
 5.9.43           ReverseMatrix
 5.9.44           Size
 5.9.45           Split
 5.9.46           SquareRootMatrix
 5.9.47           Step
 5.9.48           SubtractMatrices
 5.9.49           SubtractMatrixScalar
 5.9.50           SubtractScalarMatrix
 5.9.51           Sum
 5.9.52           Transpose
 5.9.53           UnitMatrix
 5.9.54           Vector
 5.10         Creating custom formulas in Futurama
 6      Futurama - Objects
 6.1        Action
 6.2        Aggregation
 6.3        Button
 6.4        ChangeValue
 6.5        CheckBox
 6.6        ClearCache
 6.7        DatabaseField
 6.8        DatabaseView
 6.9        DataTable
 6.10         DateBox
 6.11         DocConverter
 6.12         Document
 6.13         Download
 6.14         DropDownList
 6.15         EmailConverter
 6.16         ExcelConverter
 6.17         FileSaver
 6.18         FileUploader
 6.19         Fixed
 6.20         Formula
 6.21         GraphConverter
 6.22         HTMLInclude
 6.23         InterfacesNode
 6.24         LogMessage
 6.25         Navigator
 6.26         Node
 6.27         RadioButton
 6.28         RadioGroup
 6.29         Range
 6.30         Reference
 6.31         SubDocument
 6.32         TextBox
 6.33         UserTable
 6.34         UserVariable
 6.35         WebLabel
 6.36         WebListBox
 6.37         WebPage
 6.38         WebPanel
 6.39         WebReference
 6.39.1           WebReference - WCF Configuration
 6.40         WebService
 6.41         WebSlider
 6.42         WordConverter
 6.43         XmlBuilder
 6.44         XmlConverter
 6.45         XmlField
 6.46         XmlNode
 7      Futurama - Vision References
 7.1        Data
 7.1.1          ReadData
 7.1.2          WriteMessage
 7.1.3          GetPersonIdentifiers
 7.1.4          CreatePerson
 7.2        DataStore
 7.2.1          DeleteDataItem
 7.2.2          DeleteDataItemHierarchy
 7.2.3          DeleteDataItems
 7.2.4          GetDataItem
 7.2.5          GetDataItemHierarchy
 7.2.6          GetDataItems
 7.2.7          StoreData
 7.3        Accounts
 7.3.1          Activate Account
 7.3.2          Change Account
 7.3.3          Create Account
 7.3.4          GetQuestion
 7.3.5          GetQuestions
 7.3.6          Login
 7.3.7          ReadData
 7.3.8          ReinitializeAccount
 7.4        General
 7.4.1          TestConnection
 8      Futurama Vision
 8.1        Installation Futurama Vision
 8.1.1          Installation Futurama Vision Management Site
 8.1.2          Installation or Upgrade of the Futurama Vision Database
 8.2        Futurama Vision Management Site
 8.2.1          Futurama Vision Management Site - Admin
 8.2.2          Futurama Vision Management Site – Security
 8.2.3          Futurama Vision Management Site – Skinning
 8.2.4          Importing data into Futurama Vision
 8.2.4.1            Importing data by webservice
 8.2.4.2            Importing data from a Zip-file
 8.2.4.3            Importing data with Futurama Vision Batch
 8.2.4.4            Futurama Vision Webservice Security
 8.2.5          Further processing of data into Futurama Vision
 8.3        Futurama Vision File manager
 8.4        Activity overview
 8.5        Storing data in Vision from a Futurama application
 8.6        Futurama Vision – Data
 8.7        Futurama Accounts - Management Site
 8.7.1          Futurama Accounts - Table in Vision Database
 8.8        Futurama Server - Management Site
 8.8.1          Special Futurama Server Jobs
 8.9        Futurama Register - Management Site
 8.9.1          Configuration - Futurama Register
 8.10         Retrieving AppEvents from Futurama Vision
 8.11         Adding CustomPages to Vision
 9      Futurama Intermediate Control Output (FICO)
 9.1        FICO example - Change/Add HTML headers
 9.2        FICO example - Change Graph
 9.3        HTML5 Template
 10       Futurama Web API
 10.1         Postbacks of Futurama webcontrols
 10.2         Retrieving Resources using Web API
 10.3         WebAPI Session management
 11       Tutorials - Overview
 11.1         Tutorials - Examples and Downloads
 11.2         Beginners
 11.2.1           Creating formulas with Futurama
 11.2.1.1             Exercise 1: Pythagorean Theorem (Easy)
 11.2.1.2             Exercise 2: Newspaper stall (Medium)
 11.2.1.3             Exercise 3: Recursive functions (Difficult)
 11.2.1.4             Exercise 4: Leap Year (Difficult)
 11.2.1.5             Exercise 5: The Guessing Game I (Medium)
 11.2.2           Creating a Website Application
 11.2.2.1             Exercise 1: Creating a Website (Easy)
 11.2.3           Styling your website with CSS
 11.2.3.1             Exercise 1: Adding CSS (Easy)
 11.2.4           Adding interactivity to your website
 11.2.4.1             Exercise 1: Summation (Easy)
 11.2.4.2             Exercise 2: The Guessing Game II (Medium)
 11.2.4.3             Exercise 3: Nationality (Medium)
 11.2.4.4             Exercise 4: Nationality - RepeatTarget (Medium)
 11.2.4.5             Exercise 5: Reversed Guessing (Difficult)
 11.2.5           Working with Tables
 11.2.5.1             Exercise 1: Average (Easy)
 11.2.5.2             Exercise 2: Boundary values (Difficult)
 11.2.5.3             Exercise 3: Standard Deviation (Medium)
 11.2.6           Reading and processing XML-data in Futurama
 11.2.6.1             Exercise 1: Shares (Medium)
 11.2.7           Adding Graphs in Futurama
 11.2.7.1             Exercise 1: World Population (Easy)
 11.2.8           Working with Actions in Futurama
 11.2.8.1             Exercise 1: Changing Colors (Easy)
 11.2.8.2             Exercise 2: On and Off (Medium)
 11.2.8.3             Exercise 3: The ChangeValue object (Difficult)
 11.2.8.4             Exercise 4: The Guessing Game III (Medium)
 11.2.8.5             Exercise 5: CheckBox (Medium)
 11.2.9           Multiple Pages and Navigation
 11.2.10            Using XSLT to display data
 11.2.10.1              Exercise 1: Overview Summation (Easy)
 11.2.10.2              Exercise 2: Persons (Medium)
 11.2.10.3              Exercise 3: Leap Year Overview (Difficult)
 11.2.11            Webservices in Futurama
 11.2.11.1              Exercise 1: Example (Easy)
 11.2.12            Creating a Webservice Application
 11.2.12.1              Exercise 1: Add (Easy)
 11.2.12.2              Exercise 2: Webservice Nationality (Medium)
 11.2.13            Creating a Console Application
 11.2.13.1              Exercise 1: Adding extra fields (Easy)
 11.2.14            Generating Documents
 11.2.14.1              Exercise 1: Tax Rate (Medium)
 11.2.14.2              Exercise 2: Tax Rates Table (Difficult)
 11.3         Advanced
 11.3.1           Responsive Design
 11.3.1.1             Exercise 1: Orientation
 11.3.1.2             Exercise 2: Target different screen sizes
 11.4         Older Tutorials (Futurama Version 3.2)
 11.4.1           Futurama Editor Tutorial 1: The first sum
 11.4.2           Futurama Editor Tutorial 2: An annuity
 11.4.3           Futurama Editor Tutorial 3: Working with tables
 11.4.4           Futurama Editor Tutorial 4: Modelling a DB pension plan
 11.4.5           Futurama Editor Tutorial 5: Working with XML
 11.4.6           Futurama Web Tutorial 1: Hello world
 11.4.7           Futurama Web Tutorial 2: Buttons and Actions
 11.4.8           Futurama Web Tutorial 3: Textboxes
 11.4.9           Futurama Web Tutorial 4: DropdownLists
 12       Miscellaneous
 12.1         Responsive website
 12.2         Reducing memory usage for XmlNodes and XmlFields
 12.3         Explaining caching for websites and webservices
 12.4         Certificates - basic information
 12.5         Performance XML operations
 12.6         Creating XSD files and using them in combination with Futurama
 13       Templates
 14       Safe2Save WebAPI Sample
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Logging

Futurama-Vision
Futurama-Server
Developer
System-administrator
User-ManagementSite
Futurama-Webservice
Futurama-Website
Vision-ManagementSite

Concerns: Web, Webservice, Batch, Vision

Edition: Futurama HTML / Futurama Export

Module: Futurama WebSite / Futurama Server

User: User Management Site

Prerequisites

- Futurama Vision installation

- Futurama Server

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Introduction

Introduction to database logging, and usage of the LogViewer. To be used after executing a Futurama Server job (Futurama 16.12+), or to be used to debug Futurama Website (Futurama 17.01+).  From Futurama 19.04 the Logviewer can be used for any Futurama application by writing to the database, and opening the logviewer from Vision.

Description

All Futurama Editions can generate logfiles or write to logdatabases (Futurama 19.04+) during their execution, which can help with debugging problems that might occur during their lifetime. These logfiles can be analyzed with the LogViewer.

First of all make sure that the logging section is enabled in the configuration file of the Futurama module  and that logging information is logged to a file location.

To view the logfiles for a Futurama Website installation, you must first enable the Error-status Notifier in the configuration file. As soon as this is done, an icon will appear in the top-right part of the browser whenever the Futurama Website is opened (depending on configuration). Whenever this icon is clicked, a list of generated logfiles is shown, and the user can click on any of the logfiles to open the LogViewer for this particular file.

To debug Futurama Server jobs, the following steps must be followed:
After executing a Futurama Server job in the Management Site at the menu ‘Server/View status’ an overview is given of the jobs completed. For each of these jobs a clickable link to the LogViewer is given. For every logfile created, one link is available. After clicking this link the LogViewer will be opened with a user friendly display of the content of the logfile.

Logging to SQL Server (Futurama 19.04+)

Instead of logging information to logfiles, it is also possible to store this information in a Microsoft SQL Server database. One of the advantages is that multiple applications and processes can write to the same database (using different log-instance names), and a remote Futurama Vision installation can view the information for all these applications simultaneously, or filtered.

Create the logging database

In order to use this feature, a database must exist containing the appropriate logging schema and tables. In order to create these, an SQL script is provided in the Futurama distribution (“SupportFiles\CreateLoggingSchema.sql”). By executing this script in a new or existing database, a new “Logging” schema is created, containing some tables. This database can be self contained, or an existing Vision database can be used, because the new tables are part of a new database-schema called “logging”.

In order for the Futurama application to have access to this database, the credentials must be provided in the connectionstring. If integrated security is used, then the user that runs the Futurama Application (for instance, the applicationpool username) must have access to the created Logging Schema.

Configure Futurama

With the database in place, you can now configure your Futurama application (Web, Webservice, Batch or Vision) to write to this database. This is done by changing the configuration file for this application according to the instructions in this support document. An important aspect of this configuration is the inclusion of a connectionstring to the logging database within the <connectionStrings> element.

Viewing a Logging database using the Logviewer (Futurama 19.04+)

There are two ways the Logviewer can be accessed to view a configured logging database:

  1. From the Vision “Management-Logviewer” navigation menu (where the logging database is configured properly of course). This is the preferred method when multiple applications writing to a single database should be monitored.
  2. By using the DebugNotifier from a Futurama Web application. This is the logical method whenever a developer is debugging a Futurama Web application, and quickly wants to view any possible errors.

    LogViewer

    The LogViewer shows a single logfile by displaying a list of log entries that has been found in this file. Some information about the file is shown on top of the screen, such as the file size and the file name.

    If the logviewer is used to view a logging database, the shown information contains the current Instance-key filter, and the number of entries found for this instance.

    Configuration

    In order to enable the logviewer, all that’s needed is a sql entry in the logging configuration, with a corresponding connectionstring to the desired database. For information about configuring database logging, view this page.

    Changing pages

    Should the number of log entries too large to fit in the screen, then it will be divided into multiple pages that can be switched by pressing the next- & previous page buttons. A slider is also present to move the current page to a certain percentage of the log-file. This percentage of the current page position within the file is shown in the slider tooltip.

    When a row is selected in the list of entries,navigation through the list can be done using the keyboard. The Up- and Down-arrows move through the rows, while the Page-Up and Page-Down buttons move through the pages.

    Filtering the list

    The list of log-entries can be filtered for entry-type (for instance, info/debug/warning/error) by setting the checkboxes in the top of the screen. First make a selection of the types that must be displayed, second click the button next to make the selection.

    Filtering by logging instance (Futurama 19.04+ with database logging)

    Whenever the logviewer is used to view a database, another filtering field is present: Log-instance. This allows the logviewer to differentiate the log-entries from various applications writing to the same database using different instance-keys.

    Searching for text

    You can search the logfile for any kind of text by inputting it in the search field on the left side of the screen. By pressing the search-button next to the text-field the system will scan through the logfile until it has found a log-entry containing that text. Consecutive button presses should give the next results.

    Viewing a log entry

    A log entry can contain some simple messages, but some messages are a lot more involved. For instance, an error message can contain a huge amount of information about its source, and the path it took before it was stored in the log-file. For this reason, the log-entry is processed and provided to the user in three different levels of abstraction:

    • Simple: This is the simplest form of log-entry abstraction, that hopefully shows the easiest understood form of error message.
    • Advanced: This expands the simple error message with some stack-trace information, showing the path that the error has traversed.
    • Raw data: This shows the raw data that would be shown for this log-entry if it was displayed in a simple text editor.

    The advanced screen can only be used for Error messages. For log messages of another type this screen gives no additional information.

    Possible issues

    • The log-file viewer can only cope with the Futurama XML log-file format. Should the log-file be written in the text-format, or contain corrupted data, then every unreadable text line shall be shown as an “unknown” entry. These lines can still be viewed by switching to the “Raw data” tab screen, which will show the original data in the file-line.
    • In order to view the log-files , the Futurama Vision installation needs to be able to access the log-files that are generated by the Futurama Batch installation. That means that the path in the Batch configuration must be accessible, and that Vision application pool has the appropriate file-system read-rights.

    Related Topics

    - Futurama Server Management Site: to start and analyze Futurama Server jobs

    - Configuration – Log: the configuration of the Futurama logging

    - Installation Futurama Server: the installation of Futurama Server

    - Configuration - Debug: the configuration of the Futurama debug features

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    Updated: 2019-04-16


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