A few people have asked me if it is possible to programmatically access the data from the ASP.NET Trace. While this is certainly not supported, if you have the correct permissions you can use reflection to grab the DataSet that holds all of this data. See the following code snippets for an example of grabbing the DataSet that is being filled by the current request and for an example of getting the ArrayList that stores all DataSets for previous requests (used by the trace HttpHandler).

/// <summary>Gets the data for the currently in-process trace.</summary>

/// <returns>The data for the currently in-process trace.</returns>

private static DataSet GetCurrentTraceDataSet()

{  

       BindingFlags flags =

              BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.Static |

              BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.NonPublic;

       // Get the DataSet

       MethodInfo getData = typeof(TraceContext).GetMethod("GetData", flags);

       return (DataSet)getData.Invoke(HttpContext.Current.Trace, null);

}

 

/// <summary>Gets a list of all of the DataSets for previously traced requests.</summary>

/// <returns>A list of all of the DataSets for previously traced requests.</returns>

private static ArrayList GetTraceLogDataSets()

{

       BindingFlags flags =

              BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.Static |

              BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.NonPublic;

       // Get the profiler

       PropertyInfo piProfile = typeof(HttpRuntime).GetProperty("Profile", flags);

       MethodInfo getProfiler = piProfile.GetGetMethod(true);

       object profiler = getProfiler.Invoke(null, null);

       // Gets the list of all datasets containing the trace data

       MethodInfo getData = profiler.GetType().GetMethod("GetData", flags);

       return (ArrayList)getData.Invoke(profiler, null);

}

With this data you can now write your own mining tools, your own UI, etc. Yeah reflection!!