[Phpmyadmin-devel] GSoC Project - AJAX Error Reporting

Abhishek Kandoi abhikandoi2000 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 20 17:29:45 CEST 2013

There was something I wanted to know about.
Would it be better to show an alert on the client side when an error which
can impact the client side system occurs?
Or as per my opinion we can simply create a custom modal box to show only
those errors which affect the client-side system badly in a simple yet nice
manner. Something like "Ops something went wrong, it may affect your
working. Want to send a detailed error report to the developers of

This way we can get a detailed report from the user for really bad errors.
Hence helping our developers to better understand the possible cause of the
error, and hence better diagnose it. We can encourage clients to send a bit
descriptive error report which may contain what all they did which resulted
in a particular error. Tackling and fixing bugs would become easier this

Also I would request you to refine my idea so that I can set particular
goals for this project. Some more ideas from your side would be really

On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 3:15 AM, Rouslan Placella <rouslan at placella.com>wrote:

> On 04/15/2013 07:16 PM, Abhishek Kandoi wrote:
> > Hi Rouslan,
> >
> > Thanks for replying. I was unable to reply properly using my SourceForge
> account.
>   I have worked with a few mailing lists like Google Groups, but this
> one seemed different to me.
>   I didn't even get emails when you people replied on this thread
> because I had my Digest Mode On,
>   thus I didn't have an option to Reply to All.
> >
> > I will be formatting manually for this time only, as I have no email to
> reply to.
>   (Didn't wanna spoil the reply format)
> >
> > Rouslan Placella wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Abhishek,
> >>
> >> have you got a live demo of this application that I could try?
> >
> > Yes, you can try it online at http://faceinbook.co.nr/flowork/home.html.
> Out of curiosity, was the app a college project?
> Also, I would like to hear from you about what you think are the
> shortcomings of your implementation. Would you do anything differently
> if you had to do it again from scratch?
> >> From your email, I'm getting the feeling that you didn't fully
> >> understand where the different components of the system will reside...
> >
> > Yeah, I got it a bit wrong on the first go. But on reading the idea
> again I understood
>   what exactly it is about.
> >
> >
> >> The server-side component of this system will not be for the users of
> >> phpMyAdmin or administrators of individual phpMyAdmin installations, it
> >> will, instead, be used by the members of the phpMyAdmin development
> >> team[0] to globally diagnose issues.
> >
> > I thought a client-side component for handling errors as well as one for
> diagnosing issues was suggested. But actually the suggestion was for a
> client-side
> component for sending errors to a server-side component with the data
> containing
> nothing that concerns the user about his/her privacy. Thus there is no
> need of encryption
> as you said, because the data contains no sensitive information.
> >
> >
> > And also as you wrote that there is no means to check if a request is
> valid,
> and hence no need for checking for authentication.
> >
> >
> > I would be happy to implement what you suggested about restricting the
> number
> of requests per IP to prevent the defacing of the server-system. Also I
> will be
> more than pleased to work on the server-side part to allow the
> phpMyAdmin developers
> to analyze and diagnose the errors.
> >
> >
> > Also to prevent the back-end from attacks such as DoS you suggested a
> global limit
> on the number of requests. It seems easy to implement but will play an
> important role
> against DoS attacks.
> >
> >
> > I will reply back after I work out a plan for the server-side interface
> and functioning for comments from you all.
> >
> >
> > Rouslan Placella wrote:
> >
> >> The wiki is pretty comprehensive on the matter. Do you have a more
> >> specific question?
> >
> > Yes, is there a place where I can upload a draft of my application
> for my mentor to review it? If not, is posting it to the mailing list fine?
> Not that I know of. You can post to the mailing list, but your draft
> will be visible to other gsoc candidates.
> Bye,
> Rouslan
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Abhishek Kandoi
First Year, Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
About Me : about.me/kandoiabhi
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