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Magic logging with interception (StructureMap, log4net and DynamicProxy)

A technical post for a change! For a while I’ve been intrigued at the possibilities that things like DI and AOP provide. I finally managed to implement one of my nebulous ideas: that of automatic logging. I achieved this with a simple StructureMap interceptor, and a Castle.DynamixProxy Interceptor. My solution is cobbled together from various pieces, most notable Ayende’s post, and this StructureMap Google Group conversation.

Herewith the code:

public class LogTypeInterceptor : StructureMap.Interceptors.TypeInterceptor
private readonly ProxyGenerator proxyGenerator = new ProxyGenerator();

public bool MatchesType(Type type)
if (type.IsSealed)
return false;

if (!type.Namespace.Contains("<root-namespace>"))
return false;

if (type.Namespace.Contains("Infrastructure"))
return false;

return true;

public object Process(object target, IContext context)
return proxyGenerator.CreateInterfaceProxyWithTargetInterface(
target, new LogInterceptor());

The LogInterceptor class referenced above is lifted verbatim from Ayende’s post (his class is named LoggingInterceptor).

The last piece of the puzzle is to register the Interceptor with StructureMap:

RegisterInterceptor(new LogTypeInterceptor());

Now, all types registered with the container will be ‘wrapped’ with the LogInterceptor (by being proxied). A log statement will be emitted each time any interface or virtual method is called on any registered type.