This week's book giveaways are in the Refactoring and Agile forums. We're giving away four copies each of Re-engineering Legacy Software and Docker in Action and have the authors on-line! See this thread and this one for details.
It is always better to get notified as soon as any major issues / exceptions occurred in the Application, instead of manually going thorugh huge logs to find probable exception messages. Apache log4j provides out of the box log Appender (called SMTPAppender) to send email alerts for the log level configured in log4j configuration file.