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Cleaned up helper libs some more.
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Michelle Beard committed Mar 28, 2016
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Copyright 2014 The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
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var logBuffer = [];
var loggingUrl = 'http://localhost:8080';
var intervalTime = 5000; //send every 5 seconds
var testing = false;
var echo = true;
var msg = 'USERALE: ';

// Register the interval timer to poll every intervalTime whether
// is data that is needed to be send to the server or not.
var timerId = setInterval(timerMethod, intervalTime);

* @brief Function which handles sending debug information to the web browser's
* console.
* @details Function which handles sending debug information to the web browser's
* console. This allows for one line debugging which toggles between debugging or
* not
* @param msg Message to log to the console.
function debug(user_msg)
console.log(msg + user_msg);

* @brief Timer Method to poll and check for new messages to send to the logging
* ELK server.
* @details Timer Method to poll and check for new messages to send to the logging
* ELK server. The method will be fired after each intervalTime and attempts to send
* any pending logs which may have been created by the user.
function timerMethod() {
// Check to see if there is anything within the global logBuffer. If there are any
// new entries, attemp to send the data.
if (logBuffer.length) {

// If echo is enabled, echo debugging information to the console for developers
// to debug their application and see if logs are being send to the logging
// server
debug('Sent ' + logBuffer.length + ' logs to - ' + loggingUrl);

// Check to see if the developer has set the module to be within testing mode. In
// this mode, we are able to defer attempts at sending the logging request to
// the logging server and just drop the logs.
if (testing)
logBuffer = [];
XHR(loggingUrl + '/send_log', logBuffer, function(d) { logBuffer = []; });

// If we don't have any logs to send to the server, just return
// back to the caller. There are no actions that need to be done
// when it comes to logging.
// // If we have debugging enabled, send a debug message saying there
// // are no logs present to be sent to the logging server.
// debug('No log sent, buffer empty.');

* @brief Adding Event Listener for the Activity worker.
* @details Adding event listener for the activity worker. This will allow
* the activity logger to message the activity worker as it is running.
function(e) {
var data =;

// Switch based on the command that was received by the message.
switch (data.cmd) {
// SetLoggingUrl: This allows the developer to change the location in which the
// logging is being stored to. This will allow for custom logging servers.
case 'setLoggingUrl':
loggingUrl = data.msg;

// SendMsg command: This adds a new log to the log buffer which will be sent
// to the server. The worker pushes this log into the buffer and sits there until
// the interval time, or a SendBuffer command forces the worker to send the logs.
case 'sendMsg':

// SetTesting command: This sets the activity logger to a testing mode where
// no logs are being send to the server. This will allow the developer to see
// what is being logged without the attempt of sending the logs to the log
// server.
case 'setTesting':
if (data.msg)
msg = 'USERALE: (TESTING) ';
msg = 'USERALE: ';

testing = data.msg;

// SetEcho command: This allows the developer to debug their application
// by echoing debug messages of what is currently being logged by the
// tool/application.
case 'setEcho':
echo = data.msg;

// SendBuffer command forces the activity worker to send what is currently
// in the log buffer. It is the same premise as a flush command where all
// the logs are getting flushed to the server.
case 'sendBuffer':
}, false);

* @brief Sends the logs to the logging server.
* @details Sends the logs to the logging server. This is done by calling the
* timerMethod() which is responsible for sending the logs to the server and
* updating the timer interval.
function sendBuffer() {
// method to force send the buffer
if (echo) {
console.log(msg + ' buffer sent');

* @brief Connect and send logging information through XMLHttpRequest
* @details Connect and send logging information through XMLHttpRequest.
* Function attempts to connect through different means of the
* XMLHttpRequest (xhr) object. Once the xhr object is created, the
* logging data that has been buffered is sent to the server.
* @param url The URL to connect and send the logging data to
* @param log The logging information that is being sent to the server
* @param callback Callback function to register when a response is
* received.
function XHR(url, log, callback) {
var xhr;

if(typeof XMLHttpRequest !== 'undefined')
xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
var versions = ["MSXML2.XmlHttp.5.0",

for(var i = 0, len = versions.length; i < len; i++) {
try {
xhr = new ActiveXObject(versions[i]);
} // end for

// Register the readiness function.
xhr.onreadystatechange = ensureReadiness;

// Create a readiness callback function to handle the changes within
// the attempted request. Also, allows the program to handle the request,
// if need be.
function ensureReadiness() {
// If we receive a response readiness that is not
// 4, then dismiss until we do.
if(xhr.readyState < 4) {

// If we have a readiness of 4, but yet, we have an
// invalid request, just return.
// TODO: Log or handle this to inform the developer that
// there are problems occurring?
if(xhr.status !== 200) {

// If the readiness status is set to 4, and receieved
// an "OK" from the server, call the register callback if one
// exists
// TODO: Check for null callback.
if(xhr.readyState === 4) {

// Open and send the data to the logging server."POST", url, true);
xhr.setRequestHeader("Content-Type", "application/json;charset=UTF-8");

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