django-trackable 0.3.8

Provides infrastructure to easily implement functionality that captures arbitrary tracking data out-of-band
django-trackable is a Django app that attempts to be a reusable Django application that provides infrastructure to easily implement the functionality required to capture arbitrary tracking data out-of-band. This documentation assumes a basic familiarity with Django and the Celery package. For usage and installation instructions, please review the documentation.

Defining tracking datasets

For developers already accustomed to Django, Django-trackable employs an interface identical to django.contrib.admin. It provides basic scaffolding with which to construct more complex tracking datasets; for example, time-series data is supported out-of-the-box. To construct your own tracking dataset models simple define your object, providing the proper incantations:

from django.contrib import admin
from my_app.models import MyObject
import trackable

class MyObjectTrackableData(trackable.TrackableTimeSeriesData):
 impressions = models.PositiveIntegerField(default=0)
 click_throughs = models.PositiveIntegerField(default=0)

 class Meta(trackable.TrackableTimeSeriesData.Meta):
 app_label = 'my_app'
 verbose_name_plural = _('My object trackable data')

Similar to django.contrib.admin, you must register your models:

trackable.site.register(MyObject, MyObjectTrackableData)

For convenience, you can supply your own ModelAdmin class in the same call:

class MyObjectTrackableDataAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
 list_display = ('parent','collected_during', 'impressions','click_throughs',)

trackable.site.register(MyObject, MyObjectTrackableData, MyObjectTrackableDataAdmin)


Please note that for convenience, Django-trackable will only actually register the ModelAdmin class when DEBUG is set; in other words, it's unlikely of much use unless you are debugging your application.

Emitting tracking events

In order to interact with these datasets, you'll need broadcast builtin or user-defined messages (events) when encountering an event of interest within a, e.g., a view. For more information on extending Django-trackable by defining your own messages please consult the documentation.

Continuing the previous example:

from django.shortcuts import get_object_or_404
from django import http
from my_app.models import MyObject
from trackable.messaging import send_increment_message

def someone_looked_at_my_object( request, slug ):
 my_object = get_object_or_404(MyObject, slug=slug)
 send_increment_message(request,my_object,'impressions')
 return http.HttpResponse("My object, how does it work?",status=418)


Notice that you pass the object to which the tracking data will be attached as well as the field you wish to signal (in this case, the impressions field on MyObjectTrackingData).

Collecting tracking data

In order to collect and process these events, you may utilize the utility trackable.messaging.process_messages'. As a convenience, a Django-celery task has been provided (``trackable.tasks.CollectTrackingData) and is enabled by default. To adjust the collection period:

# in your django settings
TRACKABLE_COLLECTION_PERIOD = N seconds [1800]


To disable the collection task completely:

TRACKABLE_DISABLE_COLLECTION_TASK = True [False]

Alternatively, you may trigger this function from the builtin Django shell by using the management command fold_trackable_messages. For convenience, a tracking data migration command is provided; your mileage may vary:

./manage.py convert_tracking_data --help

Some nonzero interval of time -- varying on the developer in question -- you might manage to create 'malformed' messages for a variety of reasons; to prevent the collection tasks from continually revisiting the same broken messages:

TRACKABLE_REMOVE_MALFORMED_MESSAGES = True [False]

Django-trackable includes an optional, primitive spider-filtering mechanism that is disabled by default. To enable it:

TRACKABLE_USER_AGENT_FILTERTING = True [False]

A poorly-fashioned dataset of spiders is provided as a fixture which you are welcome to use with the knowledge that you'll likely need to craft a means of generating your own.

last updated on:
July 2nd, 2011, 6:58 GMT
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homepage:
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license type:
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developed by:
Thom Linton
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