Friday, July 18, 2008

WASP v0.53: crawler & reporting bug fixes

It's been about two weeks since the last update. This time the changes are mostly around the crawling & reporting.

Bug fixes

  • Report output: Fixed failure when no parameter title was found or when the parameter was of the form (WebTrends)
  • Item select: clicking on a specific item in the sidebar tree was not always updating the details at the bottom.


  • Mobile analytics: I'm starting to add detection of mobile tags. If you use Firefox to visit the mobile version of a site, it will detect the mobile tags (only Bango for now).
  • Post-processing: The last step of the crawling process includes some post-processing of the data. I added a progress indicator so you know it's doing something.

I'm working on...

  • Enhanced UI: Switching from the complex and constraining (but native to Firefox) XML User Interface Language (XUL) to the more powerful and portable Yahoo! UI library
  • Analyst view: providing a non-technical view of the tags logically grouped into "Page information", "Campaigns", "Events", "eCommerce", etc.
  • Crawler performance: tweaks & enhancements to speed up the crawler, including the use of the lite weight SQLite database to store the state of the crawl and be able to continue a stopped crawl.
  • Reporting tool: add easy filtering of data and default views, including a dashboard view for quality assurance
  • Poweful sitemap generator: generate a Google compatible sitemap.xml file with automated optimization of the parameters
  • Licensing and ecommerce: preparation toward the v1.0 commercial release

Getting it or upgrading

Two ways to upgrade or get WASP:
  1. Get it NOW! Easiest/Recommended: Visit and click on the "Add to Firefox" green button.
  2. Wait some a long time...: If you already have WASP installed, Firefox will eventually trigger an automatic update and prompt you to confirm. But... is getting an amazingly long time to approve extensions...


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