The change in the example code seems to have happened about two months ago, and it is already starting to work its way into Content Management Systems such as Joomla! and Drupal, through their BIGSHOT Google Analytics plug-in (version 1.5.2) and Google Analytics module (after version 6.x-2.0), respectively. Hopefully web developers would remember to also include such try/catch blocks or conditional logic around other code where the infamous
pageTracker variables are used. The play-nice logic has been in place at Tiaan.com for about 18 months already, but I am glad to see this change is finally starting to make its way into other websites on a larger scale; there should soon be more of the love aspect in my love-hate relationship with Google. Nice catch, Google!