A lightweight, open source analyitcs application.
A simpler answer for analytics on the web
I'm creating this application because I was tired of using an analytics pacakge that did not share my goals. I wanted a simple solution that allowed me to gather traffic data from my websites and improve them, while respecting my users.
The design goals for Observer are simple:
- Respect site visitors 'Do Not Track' preferences
- Gather accurate traffic data
- Offer a simple drop-in script for website administrators
- Provide RESTful API for traffic data
- Provide a simple user interface
Work in progress
This application is brand new, and is not usable. I will create an alpha release soon. Until that time, anyone who wants to use the application is free to, but please understand that not all of the design goals may not be met.
To setup the application, clone this repository into a local directory, and run
Set your environment (
production, etc.) with
NODE_ENV. If you do not, it will run in the default environment, which is
development. All tests that interact with MongoDB are set to
test by default. If you wish change this setting, it can be found in
Build, test and run
Observer uses Grunt and to build and run the application. Running
grunt executes the default build, which launches both
nodemon, which watches for changes. Any changes to the watched source code files will trigger a new build and reload the server.
To execute tests in watch mode, run
grunt test. To execute a single run of the test suite, use
Current issues, caveats, etc.
IP harvesting does not work unless your environment is configured to use the
X-Real-IP header. If you are running nginx, you need to pass this through to your node app. I'm working on getting it working in the development environment, but I'm not there yet.
Observer is released under the MIT License (MIT)
Copyright (c) 2014 Brian Lundin
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
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