In most cases, a user's interaction with your app is not limited to one action in one screen view. Sessions allow you to track your users' interactions across time, as they navigate an entire session with your app.
By default, sessions begin when a user starts using your application and ends after a configurable period of user inactivity. You can also, however, programmatically control sessions through the Mobile Agents SDKs (Android, iOS, Xamarin, Cordova). Using Mobile Sessions you can analyze sessionized results from all requests, as stored in the AppDynamics Events Service.
As in Network Request Analyze, the main Sessions screen is made up of two tabs:
You can also view detailed information about each session in the Session Details dialog.
The Records tab lets you scan individual sessions and allows you to filter and sort to get exactly the data in which you are interested.
Click View Details or double-click an item to see the information for a specific session.
The sequence of session frames for the session is shown on the session timeline and on the bottom of the screen. Select a specific frame by clicking on an icon on the timeline to see details highlighted at the bottom of the screen. You can also select a frame row at the bottom to see it highlighted on the timeline.
Session Details Categories and Types
|Views||Activity||Activity/Fragment||The current Activity in the foreground of an Android app. If the current Activity is not sufficient to understand what the user is doing, consider using the Session Frame APIs.|
|Root Views||RootView||The current Root View in the foreground of the iOS App. If the current Root View is not sufficient to understand what the user is doing, consider using the Session Frame APIs.|
|Session Frames||Session Frame||A manual API to label large user activities that are not captured out of the box by Activity or RootView tracking.|
|Screenshots||-||Screenshot||If you have configured mobile screenshots, they will appear in the timeline. They capture user events, and they can also be collected when in automatic mode.|
If you have enabled the Mobile Agent to capture UI events, you can view the UI events triggered by user interactions in the Timeline. See "Enable User Interaction Capture Mode" (iOS/Android) to learn how to capture UI events.
If automatic screenshots are enabled, touches will be captured and include the screenshot that was captured at the same time. The touches are drawn on the screenshot.
|Network Requests||Network Requests Normal||Network Request Normal|
Network requests include the requested URL, duration, and status details of the HTTP request.
To jump to more Network Requests details, click.
|Network Requests Slow||Network Requests Slow|
|Network Requests Very Slow||Network Requests Very Slow|
|Network Requests Stall||Network Requests Stall|
|Errors And Warnings|
Application Not Responding Issues (ANRs)
You can view when the application was non-responsive in the timeline. ANRs are reported when the UI thread does not respond to an event for two seconds or more.
To download or view the ANR Summary, clickor respectively.
When an app crashes the subsequent activity will appear in the timeline.
To download or view the Crash Summary, clickor respectively.
If you have reported errors with the Mobile Agent SDKs, the errors will also appear in the timeline. See "Report Errors and Exceptions" (iOS/Android) to learn how to instrument your mobile apps to report errors and exceptions.
To download or view the Error Summary, click or respectively.
|Custom Data||Metrics||Custom Metric||Custom metrics display integer-based data on any metric you define in your application.|
|Timers||Custom Timer||Custom timers display how long something takes between any arbitrary start point and end point, even if they span multiple methods.|
|Info Points||Info Point||Information points display information on how a specific method in your code is performing.|
|Breadcrumbs||Breadcrumb||Breadcrumbs are short messages to mark interesting events in a session, controlled by the Breadcrumb APIs in the agent.|
|System Events||Connection Transition||System Event||Connection transition indicates when a broadband transition has taken place, such as from Wifi to cellular.|
|Agent Init||System Event||Agent Init indicates when the Mobile Agent was first initialized. It can help with debugging the application lifecycle.|
You can filter the categories in your timeline view by clicking View Options. Check all relevant categories for your search. All view options are checked by default.
You can search for a specific event Description using the search box located in the top right of the session timeline screen.
You can see a summary of the session by clicking Session Summary.
You can see a list of business transactions in the session if applicable. This tab only appears if you have business transactions in the selected session.
Click the business transaction name to redirect to the transaction flow map.
The Charts page provides you with a set of predefined widgets that offer visualizations of the data set you have created. As with the Charts pages of the other Analyze/Session features of the UI, you can delete, re-add, resize, and drag-and-drop to move all of the widgets.