Stats events with additional dimensions
Adding additional dimensions to a StatsEvent class allows you to keep track of the event in relation to a certain identifier. The best way to understand this is via an example:
Imagine you want to trigger a StatsEvent every time a user in your web app logs in. A simple way of doing this would be to create a StatsEventUserLogin class just like we saw in the Stats guide main section:
<?php
namespace CherrycakeApp;
class StatsEventUserLogin extends \Cherrycake\Stats\StatsEvent {
protected $timeResolution = \Cherrycake\Stats\STATS_EVENT_TIME_RESOLUTION_DAY;
protected $typeDescription = "User login";
}
To trigger this StatsEvent in the example we saw in the Creating a complete login workflow section, we would do it in the doLogin method, like this:
function doLogin($request) {
global $e;
$result = $e->Login->doLogin($request->email, $request->password);
if (
$result == \Cherrycake\Login\LOGIN_RESULT_FAILED_UNKNOWN_USER
||
$result == \Cherrycake\Login\LOGIN_RESULT_FAILED_WRONG_PASSWORD
) {
$e->Output->setResponse(new \Cherrycake\Actions\ResponseTextHtml([
"code" => \Cherrycake\Output\RESPONSE_OK,
"payload" => $e->HtmlDocument->header()."Login error".$e->HtmlDocument->footer()
]));
}
else {
$e->Stats->trigger(new StatsEventUserLogin);
$e->Output->setResponse(new \Cherrycake\Actions\Response([
"code" => \Cherrycake\Outut\RESPONSE_REDIRECT_FOUND,
"url" => $e->Actions->getAction("loginGuideHome")->request->buildUrl()
]));
}
}
But what if we wanted to keep track of the times each individual user logs in? That's exactly what an additional dimension would do. In this case, the additional dimension would be the user's id.
To add the user id as an additional dimension to the StatsEventUserLogin class, we would modify it like this:
<?php
namespace CherrycakeApp;
class StatsEventUserLogin extends \Cherrycake\Stats\StatsEvent {
protected $timeResolution = \Cherrycake\Stats\STATS_EVENT_TIME_RESOLUTION_DAY;
protected $typeDescription = "User login";
protected $isSecondaryId = true;
protected $secondaryIdDescription = "User id";
function loadInline($data = false) {
if ($data["userId"] ?? false)
$this->secondary_id = $data["userId"];
return parent::loadInline($data);
}
}
Notice we've added the $isSecondaryId and $secondaryIdDescription properties, and we overloaded the StatsEvent::loadInline method to retrieve the passed userId key and assign it to the secondary_id property. Don't forget to call the parent constructor at the end there.
So now, when triggering the StatsEventUserLogin event, we can pass the user's id like this:
$e->Stats->trigger(new StatsEventUserLogin(["userId" => $e->Login->user->id]));
You can create another additional dimension by setting the $isTertiaryId and $tertiaryIdDescription properties, and updating the loadInline method accordingly.
Using additional dimensions like this will add multiple rows to the database per each time frame and different dimension value, take into account that this will of course cause the stats table to grow a lot bigger.
See this example working in the Cherrycake documentation examples site.
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