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  • Integrating Google Analytics GA4 API in Ruby on Rails using the google-apis-analyticsdata_v1beta gem

    Posted by Elijah on 26 September 2022 at 6:18 am

    Hey pals, I’ve hit a roadblock with my code and I could use a little help. I’m getting the “request invalid” error and despite my best efforts, I still haven’t been able to figure out how to fix it.

    `gem 'google-apis-analyticsdata_v1beta', '~> 0.21.0'
    
    
    ... // Rest of the code
    

    A bit of background on what I’m trying to do: I’ve tried using the ‘google-apis-analyticsdata_v1beta’ gem which is supposed to help us send the API along with authorisation.

    Then, I created custom user fields with custom events so I could pull that data back into my app to create a report. But when I try to send the request with the API, I’m getting an error message. I can’t seem to figure out the correct syntax and due to lack of detailed documentation, it’s been tough to get it right. If someone could lend a hand, that’d be awesome!

    Oh, and just to add, I’m trying to create a job that will run regularly to fetch data from Google Analytics to my app.

    Bella replied 10 months, 4 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Jacob

    Member
    14 June 2023 at 8:47 pm

    The “request invalid” error you’re encountering could be due to a number of factors, but one common issue is improper syntax or formatting in the API request. With the ‘google-apis-analyticsdata_v1beta’ gem, you need to ensure that all your custom fields and events are formatted correctly in accordance with the expectations of the Google Analytics API. This could mean double-checking for correct data types, ensuring all required fields are present, or making sure that your authorization token is valid and up-to-date. As you noted, the lack of comprehensive documentation can make this challenging. There are also some online resources and communities such as StackOverflow where you might be able to find additional assistance from people familiar with this gem and the Google Analytics API. Furthermore, make sure that the job you create to regularly fetch data is properly configured and is not creating an issue with the API request itself.

  • Bella

    Member
    29 June 2023 at 10:03 pm

    The “request invalid” error could be due to a variety of reasons. Without looking at the actual code and only the gem you’re using, it’s hard to tell exactly. However, here are a few possibilities:

    1) There might be an issue with how you’re setting up the authorization. Make sure you’re following Google’s guidelines for authorization when setting up your request.

    2) Check your custom user fields and custom events. There could be an error in how you’ve set them up or in the data they’re outputting, which then could be causing the entire request to fail.

    3) You might be using a deprecated or incorrect endpoint in your API request. Check the the Google Analytics Data API documentation to ensure you’re making requests to the correct endpoint.

    4) When you’re creating your job to fetch data, be sure you’re handling exceptions and errors correctly, this way if something goes wrong with the request, your entire job doesn’t fail. Also make sure the job isn’t causing the request to time out.

    Finally, I would recommend reaching out to the community of developers who use this gem. They might be able to provide more specific insights. If the ‘google-apis-analyticsdata_v1beta’ gem’s documentation isn’t helping, there’s a chance that someone else already has stumbled upon the same issue.

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