[Phpmyadmin-devel] GSoC Project - AJAX Error Reporting

Rouslan Placella rouslan at placella.com
Sat Apr 20 20:04:37 CEST 2013

On 04/20/2013 04:29 PM, Abhishek Kandoi wrote:
> 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
> phpMyAdmin".

Dialogs for this feature should not be modal as, IMO, that would be too

> 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 way.
> 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
> helpful.

Refining the idea is your job, not ours.

Oh, and we use bottom posting on this mailing list...


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