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Re: [GMG-Devel] Plugin for page view counter

From: Christopher Allan Webber
Subject: Re: [GMG-Devel] Plugin for page view counter
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:36:05 -0600
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Tiberiu C. Turbureanu writes:

> Thanks for the pointer, Chris!
> I need a way to increment the view counter only when the media file is 
> loaded. How can I achieve this?

I'm not sure what you mean.  Do you mean:
 - only when the page is loaded
 - or something more complex: only if someone clicks "play" on a song or

The solution I was talking about involves number one.  As for number
two, that would be a lot more complex, but I imagine it could be
achieved via one of two things:
 - Easier solution: javascript callback on play that notifies the
   browser of playing starting.
 - Much, much trickier solution: you might be able to set up a proxy
   view before serving the actual video that first increments the file,
   but then tells the web server to send the video via X-Sendfile.  That
   sounds too complex to me though, and might be especially hard if a
   browser "seeks" the media to read just a few frames to get a preview
   image or do some preloading, which it might do in some

> Also, Sebastian Spaeth told me that at the moment there is no way for a 
> plugin to alter the template of the media page, but a hook mechanism is 
> being discussed. That why until the implementation is ready, I think I 
> will go for a new page under a route like this 
> /u/<string:user>/m/<string:media>/viewcount.

Spaetz is right, there's no present solution to this.  After I go
through my merge-a-thon this week though, I'll be switching onto some
plugin development, and will be looking into a solution to allow plugins
to extend pages more easily.

 - Chris

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