NAME

WWW::Tracking - universal website visitors tracking

SYNOPSIS

        use WWW::Tracking;
        use WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::GoogleAnalytics;

        my $wt = WWW::Tracking->new(
                tracker_account => 'MO-9226801-5',
                tracker_type    => 'ga',
        );

        $wt->from(
                headers => {
                        headers             => $c->request->headers,
                        'request_uri'       => $c->request->uri,
                        'remote_ip'         => $c->address,
                        visitor_cookie_name => '__vcid',
                },
        );
        
        eval { $wt->make_tracking_request; };
        warn 'tracking request failed - '.$@
                if $@;
        
        say $wt->data->visitor_id;
        say $wt->data->hostname;
        say $wt->data->request_uri;
        say $wt->data->referer;
        say $wt->data->user_agent;
        say $wt->data->browser_language;
        say $wt->data->remote_ip;

        my $data = $wt->data->as_hash;
        my $wt2 = $wt->from(hash => $data);

        my $ga_url = $wt->data->as_ga;

        ###
        # TODO

        my $wt3 = $wt->from(ga => $ga_url);
        
        use WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::Piwik;
        my $piwik_url = $wt->data->as_piwik;
        my $wt3 = $wt->from(piwik => $piwik_url);

        use WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::ECSV;
        my $line = $wt->data->as_ecsv;
        my $wt4 = $wt->from(ecsv => $line));

        use WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::Log;
        my $line2 = $wt->data->as_log;
        my $wt5 = $wt->from(log => $line2));

NOTE

Work in progress, designed to be pluggable, but for now only things that I need (headers parsing and server-side Google Analytics) are implemented.

DESCRIPTION

GOAL

Server-side web hits tracking, generic and flexible enough so that many tracking services like Google Analytics, Piwik, local file, etc. can be used depending on configuration.

VISION

Universal enough to process many sources (headers, logs, tracking URL-s, ...) and covert or relay them to different other destinations (GA, Piwik, ...) making use of the fact that the tracking data information is the same or nearly the same for all the sources and destinations.

IMPLEMENTATION

Initially tracking data needs to be gathered. Look at WWW::Tracking::Data for the complete list. Most of these data can be found in headers of the http request. Then these data can be serialized and passed on to one of the tracking services.

Bare WWW::Tracking::Data offers just as_hash and from_hash, the rest can be done by one or more plugins, like for example parsing the http headers with WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::Headers and passing it to WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::GoogleAnalytics.

USE CASES

  • tracking browsers that doesn't support JavaScript (ex. mobile browsing)

  • store the tracking data in local logs or files and replay it later to Piwik or Google Analytics

  • track web browsing simultaneous to more tracking services (compare the results, choose the one that fits)

  • aid with transition from one tracking service to another

PROPERTIES

        tracker_account
        tracker_type
        data

METHODS

new()

Object constructor.

from($type, $args)

Will call one of the from_$type functions provided by WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::* passing on $args.

make_tracking_request

Makes request (http, write to file, ...) to the tracking API via calling one of the make_tracking_request_$tracker_type that are provided by WWW::Tracking::Data::Plugin::*.

SEE ALSO

http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/tracking/gaTrackingTroubleshooting.html#gifParameters

http://piwik.org/docs/tracking-api/

AUTHOR

Jozef Kutej