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This service lets you integrate CommandersAct's tag container in your Angular applications easily. - **Note**: Familiarize yourself with [CommandersAct's tag container's primary documentation](https://doc.commandersact.com/features/sources/sources-catalog


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ngx-tag-commander

This service lets you integrate CommandersAct's tag container in your Angular applications easily.

  • Note: Familiarize yourself with CommandersAct's tag container's primary documentation before proceeding.

Table of Contents

Features

  • Automatic page tracking
  • Set & Get Variables
  • Reloading Containers
  • Event triggering
  • Multiple containers

Angular Version Compatibility

The following table gives an overview of which version of ngx-tag-commander to use depending on your project's Angular version.

  • ✅: supported
  • ⚠️: not explicitly built for but might be working
  • ❌: not supported
Angular versionngx-tag-commander@3.0.0 (current)ngx-tag-commander@2.0.0ngx-tag-commander@1.3.1
17.x.x⚠️
16.x.x⚠️
15.x.x
14.x.x
13.x.x
12.x.x
11.x.x⚠️
10.x.x⚠️
9.x.x⚠️
8.x.x⚠️
7.x.x

Installation and Quick Start

The quick start is designed to give you a simple, working example for the most common usage scenario. There are numerous other ways to configure and use this library as explained in the documentation.

1. Before installing the plugin

The plugin doesn't replace the standard setup of a container because you may need to use the containers outside the plugin.

Initialize your datalayer so that it's ready for the container and plugin, without losing any data. Do it as soon as possible on your website like in a <script> block in the head of your webapp.

tc_vars = []

2. Installation:

You can install the module from a package manager of your choice directly from the command line

npm i ngx-tag-commander

3. In your application app.module.ts, declare dependency injection:

...
import { WindowRef } from 'ngx-tag-commander';
...
import { NgxTagCommanderModule } from 'ngx-tag-commander';

@NgModule({
    ...
    imports: [
        ...
        NgxTagCommanderModule
        ...
    ],
    providers: [WindowRef],
    ...
})

4. Add your tag containers and start tracking:

import { TagCommanderService } from 'ngx-tag-commander';
...

export class AppModule {
    constructor(tcService: TagCommanderService) {
        ...
        Promise.all([
            tcService.addContainer('container_body', '/assets/tag-commander-body.js', 'body'),// Replace URL by the one of your container
            tcService.addContainer('container_head', '/assets/tag-commander-head.js', 'head')
        ]).then(() => {
            //Insert the rest of your code here
        });
        ...
    }
}

You are now ready to use the ngx-tag-commander plugin.

Methods

Some methods are asynchronous. If you want to ensure that a method has been executed before continuing, you can use the await keyword. Please check the function definition to see if it is asynchronous.

Usage in component

import { TagCommanderService } from 'ngx-tag-commander';
...

export class MyComponent {
    constructor(private tcService: TagCommanderService) {
      ...
    }
}

Container Management

// Adding a container
await tcService.addContainer('my-custom-id', '/url/to/container.js', 'head');

// Removing a container
tcService.removeContainer('my-custom-id');

Variable Management

// Set variables
tcService.setTcVars({ env_template : "shop", env_work: 'dev', ... });

// Update a single variable, you can also overwrite existing variables
tcService.setTcVar('env_template', 'super_shop');

// Get a variable
const myVar = wrapper.getTcVar('env_template');

// Remove a variable
tcService.removeTcVar('env_template');
Set variables using SetTcVarsDirective

You can also use the directive SetTcVarsDirective to set variables directly on any html node:

<div [tcSetVars]="{ env_template: defaultEnv }"></div>

Events

  • Refer to the base documentation on events for an understanding of events in general.
  • The method triggerEvent is the new name of the old method captureEvent; an alias has been added to ensure backward compatibility.
// Triggering an event
// eventLabel: Name of the event as defined in the container
// htmlElement: Calling context. Usually the HTML element on which the event is triggered, but it can be the component.
// data: event variables
tcService.triggerEvent(eventLabel, htmlElement, data);
Trigger an event using TcEventDirective
  • Events can also be triggered by using the TcEventDirective. The event will be triggered when clicking the button.
<button [tcEvent]="'test'" [tcEventLabel]="'test'" [tcEventObj]="cartItems">Add Items in ShopCart</button>

Reloading Containers

Manual Reload

Update your container after any variable change.

tcService.reloadContainer(sideId, containerId, options);
On Route Change

Automatic reload can be performed on route change.

  1. Enable the service's route tracking in the app configuration:
tcService.trackRoutes(true);
  1. Add the tcInclude property to your routes:
const appRoutes: Routes = [
  {
    path: '',
    redirectTo: '/home',
    pathMatch: 'full',
    data: {
      tcInclude: [{
        idc: 12,
        ids: 4056,
        options: {...}
      }]
    }
  },
  {
    path: 'home',
    component: IndexPageComponent,
    data: {
      tcInclude: [{
        idc: 12,
        ids: 4056,
        options: {...}
      }]
    }
  }
];
Exclusions

You can state an exclusion array to your options object like below:

tcInclude: [{
    idc: 12,
    ids: 4056,
    options: {
        exclusions: [
            'datastorage',
            'deduplication',
            'internalvars',
            'privacy'
        ]
    }
}];

Please see the container's documentation for other options.

Server-side Rendering (SSR)

ngx-tag-commander fully supports Server-side rendering (SSR), as it comes with an internal check to run the code only on the client-side. This is important as the wrapper is interacting with the DOM objects document and window, which are not available on the server.

API Documentation

  • TagCommanderService.addContainer(id: string, uri: string, node: string): Promise<void>
    • id: The id the script node will have
    • uri: The source of the script
    • node: The node on witch the script will be placed. Can either be head or body
    • Returns a promise which is resolved when the container has been loaded.
  • TagCommanderService.removeContainer(id: string): void
    • id: The id of the container to remove
  • TagCommanderService.setDebug(debug: boolean): void
    • debug: TagCommanderService will display debug messages if set to true
  • TagCommanderService.trackRoutes(b : boolean): void
    • b: TagCommanderService will reload containers on route change if set to true
  • TagCommanderService.setTcVar(tcKey: string, tcVar: any): void
    • tcKey: Key of the variable to set or update
    • tcVar: Data of the variable
  • TagCommanderService.setTcVars(vars: object): void
    • vars: Object containing the multiple variables to set or update
  • TagCommanderService.getTcVar(tcKey: string): any
    • tcKey: Key of the variable to get
  • TagCommanderService.removeTcVar(tcKey: string): void
    • tcKey: Key of the variable to remove
  • TagCommanderService.reloadAllContainers(options: object): number
    • options: Options passed to tC.container.reload(options)
  • TagCommanderService.reloadContainer(siteId: string, containerId: string, options: object): number
    • siteId: Site id
    • containerId : Container Id
    • options: Options passed totC[containerId].reload(options)
  • TagCommanderService.triggerEvent(eventLabel: string, htmlElement: HTMLElement, data: object)
    • eventLabel: Name of the event
    • htmlElement: DOM element where the event is attached
    • data: Data sent with the event

Sample app

To help you with your implementation we provided a sample application. To run it clone the repo and ensure you have Node.js >=18.x.x installed. Then run in the base folder:

  1. npm install
  2. npm start

After that, visit http://localhost:4200/.

Development

The implementation of the ngx-tag-commander library can be found in /projects/ngx-tag-commander. Changes can be tested using the sample app described above.

Useful commands (ensure you have Node.js >=18.x.x installed & run in the base folder):

  • Setup development environment: npm install
  • Run sample app: npm start
  • Run linter: npm run lint
  • Run library tests: npm run test
  • Run sample app tests: npm run test-sample-app
  • Build library: npm run build

Contribute

To contribute to this project, please read the CONTRIBUTE.md file.

License

As Angular itself, this module is released under the permissive MIT License. Your contributions are always welcome.

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Last updated on 08 Mar 2024

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