no-js-analytics

Really basic visitor analytics for speed demons using express.

#no-js-analytics

no-js-analytics is really basic visitor analytics for people not so interested in nice graphs and stuff like that, but ho would like to instead trade those few requests and page loading time for something more useful. no-js-analytics works even if a visitor does not have javascript enabled, which some may find self esteem improving, since all those security paranoids running noscript will be caught too. no-js-analytics requires no database, since all visitor information is held in object, genuinely named as db. This makes no-js-analytics easy to adopt and the basic fundamental of speed is met, as also the fact that visitor data will be lost in case of server crash or restart. Anyhow, the object containing the visitor statics is saved every two hours (by default) into logs, but no-js-analytics also provides an easy way to expose that data in nice JSON format to anywhere you like using the analytics.stats() method. Below is an example output:

{
  "Chrome": {
    "views": 17
  },
  "Linux": {
    "views": 20
  },
  "desktop": {
    "views": 39
  },
  "/": {
    "views": 41
  },
  "overall": {
    "views": 49
  },
  "en-US": {
    "views": 49
  },
  "/analytics": {
    "views": 8
  },
  "Firefox": {
    "views": 11
  },
  "Safari": {
    "views": 19
  },
  "iPad": {
    "views": 4
  },
  "mobile": {
    "views": 10
  },
  "IE": {
    "views": 2
  },
  "Microsoft Windows": {
    "views": 2
  },
  "unknown": {
    "views": 9
  },
  "Android": {
    "views": 6
  },
  "Apple Mac": {
    "views": 8
  }
}

##Tests I made two tests locally on the default express page and below are the results.
google analytics
no-js-analytics

##Installation:

  1. $ npm install no-js-analytics

##Usage:

var analytics = require('no-js-analytics');
 
app.configure(function(){
  ... (all your express configuration)
  app.use(analytics);
});

##Methods ###analytics.save() Writes the current data of db object into a new .txt file in ./analytics-logs ###analytics.stats() Renders the current data of db object in JSON format. For an example, you might want to show the data in /analytics page, which can easily be achieved as below.

app.get('/analytics', function(req, res){
res.send(200, analytics.stats());
});

Top of these methods no-js-analytics automatically saves visitor information into a text file every two hours, as declared in milliseconds in lib/middleware.js on line 114. Below it you can also find the default interval of db flush, which is set to happen once in a day.

###Contributing Feel free to contribute new features, bug fixes or to my code syntax.

###To-do

  1. Returning and new visitor counters
  2. Some nice way to represent the data and more robust data structure
  3. More analytic features
  4. Spread to additional frameworks and languages
  5. World domination and bye-bye to formal javascript analytics

###License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2013 Juuso Haavisto juuso@mail.com

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