usage-stats

A minimal, offline-friendly Google Analytics Measurement Protocol client for tracking statistics in shell and javascript applications

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usage-stats
A minimal, offline-friendly Google Analytics Measurement Protocol client for tracking usage statistics in shell and javascript applications.
This is a low-level API client, it doesn't hold any opinion of how usage tracking should be done. If you're looking for a convention which leverages the power and flexibility of Custom Metrics and Dimensions, take a look at app-usage-stats. For the command line client see usage-stats-cli.

Synopsis

The most trivial example.
const UsageStats = require('usage-stats')
const usageStats = new UsageStats('UA-98765432-1', { an: 'example' })

usageStats.screenView('screen name')
usageStats.event('category', 'action')
usageStats.send()

More realistic usage in a server application:
const UsageStats = require('usage-stats')
const usageStats = new UsageStats('UA-98765432-1', {
  an: 'encode-video',
  av: '1.0.0'
})

// start a new session
usageStats.start()

// user set two options..
usageStats.event('option', 'verbose-level', 'infinite')
usageStats.event('option', 'preset', 'iPod')

try {
  // Begin. Track as a screenView.
  usageStats.screenView('encoding')
  beginEncoding(options)
} catch (err) {
  // Exception tracking
  usageStats.exception(err.message, true)
}

// finished - mark the session as complete
// and send stats (or store if offline).
usageStats.end().send()

Protocol Parameters

See here for the full list of Google Analytics Measurement Protocol parameters.

Sent by default

All parameters are send on demand, beside this list.
  • Operating System version (sent in the UserAgent)
  • Client ID (a random UUID, generated once per OS user and stored)
  • Language (process.env.LANG, if set)
  • Screen resolution (terminal rows by columns, by default)

API Reference

Kind: Exported class
* [new UsageStats(trackingId, [options])](#new_module_usage-stats--UsageStats_new)
* [.dir](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats.UsageStats+dir) : <code>string</code>
* [.defaults](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats.UsageStats+defaults) : <code>Map</code>
* [.start([sessionParams])](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+start) ↩︎
* [.end([sessionParams])](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+end) ↩︎
* [.disable()](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+disable) ↩︎
* [.enable()](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+enable) ↩︎
* [.event(category, action, [options])](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+event) ⇒ <code>Map</code>
* [.screenView(name, [options])](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+screenView) ⇒ <code>Map</code>
* [.exception([options])](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+exception) ⇒ <code>Map</code>
* [.send([options])](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+send) ⇒ <code>Promise</code>
* [.debug()](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+debug) ⇒ <code>Promise</code>
* [.abort()](#module_usage-stats--UsageStats+abort) ↩︎

new UsageStats(trackingId, options)

| Param | Type | Description | | --- | --- | --- | | trackingId | string | Google Analytics tracking ID (required). | | options | object | | | options.an | string | App name | | options.av | string | App version | | options.lang | string | Language. Defaults to process.env.LANG. | | options.sr | string | Screen resolution. Defaults to ${process.stdout.rows}x${process.stdout.columns}. | | options.ua | string | User Agent string to use. | | options.dir | string | Path of the directory used for persisting clientID and queue. Defaults to ~/.usage-stats. | | options.url | string | Defaults to 'https://www.google-analytics.com/batch'. | | options.debugUrl | string | Defaults to 'https://www.google-analytics.com/debug/collect'. |
Example
const usageStats = new UsageStats('UA-98765432-1', {
  an: 'sick app',
  av: '1.0.0'
})

usageStats.dir : string

Cache directory. Defaults to ~/.usage-stats.
Kind: instance property of UsageStats

usageStats.defaults : Map

A list of parameters to be to sent with every hit.
Kind: instance property of UsageStats
Example
usageStats.defaults
  .set('cd1', process.version)
  .set('cd2', os.type())
  .set('cd3', os.release())
  .set('cd4', 'api')

usageStats.start(sessionParams) ↩︎

Starts the session.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
Chainable
| Param | Type | Description | | --- | --- | --- | | sessionParams | Array.<Map> | An optional map of paramaters to send with each hit in the sesison. |

usageStats.end(sessionParams) ↩︎

Ends the session.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
Chainable
| Param | Type | Description | | --- | --- | --- | | sessionParams | Array.<Map> | An optional map of paramaters to send with the final hit of this sesison. |

usageStats.disable() ↩︎

Disable the module. While disabled, all operations are no-ops.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
Chainable

usageStats.enable() ↩︎

Re-enable the module.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
Chainable

usageStats.event(category, action, options) ⇒ Map

Track an event. All event hits are queued until .send() is called.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
| Param | Type | Description | | --- | --- | --- | | category | string | Event category (required). | | action | string | Event action (required). | | options | option | | | options.el | string | Event label | | options.ev | string | Event value | | options.hitParams | Array.<map> | One or more additional params to send with the hit. |

usageStats.screenView(name, options) ⇒ Map

Track a screenview. All screenview hits are queued until .send() is called. Returns the hit instance.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
| Param | Type | Description | | --- | --- | --- | | name | string | Screen name | | options | object | | | options.hitParams | Array.<map> | One or more additional params to set on the hit. |

usageStats.exception(options) ⇒ Map

Track a exception. All exception hits are queued until .send() is called.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
| Param | Type | Description | | --- | --- | --- | | options | object | optional params | | options.exd | string | Error message | | options.exf | boolean | Set true if the exception was fatal | | options.hitParams | Array.<map> | One or more additional params to set on the hit. |

usageStats.send(options) ⇒ Promise

Send queued stats using as few requests as possible (typically a single request - a max of 20 events/screenviews may be sent per request). If offline, the stats will be stored and re-tried on next invocation.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
Fulfil: response - array of responses. Each response has data and the original node res.
Reject: Error - Rejects with the first error encountered. The error is a standard node http error with a name of request-fail and a hits property showing what failed to send.
| Param | Type | | --- | --- | | options | object | | options.timeout | number |

usageStats.debug() ⇒ Promise

Send any hits (including queued) to the GA validation server, fulfilling with the result.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
Fulfil: Response
Reject: Error - Error instance includes hits.

usageStats.abort() ↩︎

Aborts the in-progress .send() operation, queuing any unsent hits.
Kind: instance method of UsageStats
Chainable

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