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Web Usage Filter?

Chris Dempsey

Joined: Feb 24, 2004
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On a web app project I've been asked to write, tracking where an internal user goes is an important requirement. I've searched on the web for such a component since I thought surely something like this (i.e. a filter) has already been written. Have any of my fellow Ranchers come across anything like this?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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If you are using a webserver, the access logs often provide valuable information.

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Santosh Maskar
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Joined: Jul 02, 2003
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you can use the security filters to track the user

other wise you can see the server log file and its associated session along with the each request,for this user

for Ex. Pramati3.5 have very good dashboard and weblog , using this developer can track the user activity

Adeel Ansari
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Joined: Aug 15, 2004
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i am doing a bit like same thing. but haven't went for any component there. doing it on my own. i am making logs for user navigation, transaction and session in my DB. you also can do that. otherwise you can go for log4j for logging stuff, if it is something about logging.
Senthil B Kumar
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Joined: Feb 09, 2004
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Create a Logging utility (or use any third party tool like Apache Log4j), and bypass all the user request through this utility, so that you can track the user. You can reffer to Sun Java Pattern BluePrints, to have an idea of such filters.

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