nonregistered user) could update anything in the bboard_topics table
just by visiting this script (branimir)
new general permissions
cleaned-up classified ads system (standard comment headers,
ad_page_variables) with ability to attach photos to ads
improvements to the contest system, at least to support
simple survey builder (jsc, philg, surati, teadams)
Web based email system (jsc)
new security subsystem and
session tracking system (jsalz)
abstract URL system (jsalz)
new system for preloading and postloading files
(/tcl/00-preload and /tcl/zz-postload - jsalz)
routines with monitoring tools
Download module has been upgraded - users are now able to see the available modules before registration, but they are required to register as users before actual download. Also download now supports version specific description, in addition to download specific description which is shown upon download request. (ahmeds)
ticket cleanup: bug fixes in adv search, confirms on comment entry,
better ticket submission help, added per feature area new ticket
templates, replyable notifications and comments, assignment at
creation for admins. date widget for ticket creation.
Data Pipeline: SQL abstraction layer based on form names
News module has been upgraded - news is now organized by newsgroup. There are two scopes of newsgroups: public which serves as the traditional (site-wide) news; and group which contains news for a user_group. There are two special newsgroups: all_users which contains news items that should be displayed to all users; and registered_users which contains items displayed to all registered users.
modified general-links to fit general cleanup guidelines for
March 4, 2000: Version 3.1.5:
- added nsv_array wrapper to make proc_doc fully functional (contributed by firstname.lastname@example.org)
February 28, 2000: Version 3.1.4:
- merged jsalz's changes to complete the fix for proc_doc (ron)
- fixed download module (ahmeds)
February 20, 2000: Version 3.1.3:
- fixed problem in procs with AOLserver 2.x (ron)
- fixed sub-community administration for chat (dh)
- Changed version datatype from number to varchar to support version numbers like 3.1.2. Added support for download specific description which will be shown to the user upon download request (ahmeds)
February 13, 2000: Version 3.1.2:
February 5, 2000: Version 3.1.1:
- added notes on security (jsc)
- minor bug fixes in download (ahmeds)
- minor bug fixes in homepage (mobin)
- minor usage change in FAQ (dh)
- fixed fatal errors in 00-ad-utilities due to a broken
ad_page_variables (discovered and fixed by dh)
- minor bug fixes in general-links (tzumainn)
- minor bug fixes related to group-only bboards (branimir)
Febrary 4, 2000: Version 3.1:
- installation verified using AOLserver 2.3.3 and 3.0, Oracle 8i,
and Solaris 5.6 (aure, dh, ron)
- build your own homepage or
- added events module (bryanche)
- integrated WimpyPoint (jsalz, jsc, philg)
- revamped ticket tracking module (davis)
- documentation on writing an
ACS module, now part of the developers guide (tarik)
- changed 00-ad-utilities to use nsv_* instead of ns_share for
performance benefits with AOLserver 3.0 using Tcl 8.2. The nsv
mechanism is documented in README.NSV, in the
top level of the AOLserver 3.0 source tree. Note that this is not backwards
compatible with any previous version of AOLserver, but wrappers are
provided for the nsv_* commands in 00-ad-utilities.
- philg updated comments and general comments to look for sabotage-prone
HTML tags (such as DIV) in user-uploaded comments, implies a change to
ad.ini (the antispam section)
- teadams added editing a user's contact information in the admin pages
January 11, 2000: Version 3.0:
- support for AOLserver 3.0 is added (AOLserver 2.3 seems to work as
well); AOLserver 3.0 should be configured to run Tcl 7.6 because we rely
- jsc integrated Henry and Branimir's bboard changes:
- Every topic keyed by topic_id instead of topic.
- Topic administration determined by standard ACS user group permission system.
- Read/write permissions determined by new group-based system.
- tarik, mobin and sarah - improved group capability (subdomained ACS); now acs modules that
support scoping can be associated with the groups and group types
- tarik added acs_modules table where all acs modules should eventually be registered
- tarik improved content_sections table by adding scope (public, group) and having
4 types of sections: static, custom (a content management system, allows storing
html files in db and serving them to the users), system and admin (these are acs modules -
notice that this allows associating modules with groups)
- mobin, sarah - new download module
- tarik, sarah - new display module (allows configuration of css and logo for the pages)
- tarik - added short name to the user_groups table (this is unique identifier of the group)
and is used in url. group public pages are now accessible in /groups directory
(e.g. novice-photographers group pages are located at /groups/novice-photographers),
group admin pages are accessible in /groups/admin directory (e.g. novice-photographers
group admin pages are located at /groups/admin/novice-photographers)
- tarik - improved group administration (acs_modules can be associated with the group type or with
the group). administrator can control how much control over the modules is given to the
- teadams, tarik added scoping (user, public, and group) to address book module and ability to attach an address to any item in the database (similar to general comments)
- sarah added scoping (user, public, and group) to news module and ability to attach news to any item in the database (similar to general comments)
- tarik, sarah added scoping (public, group) to faq module
- tarik added scoping (public, group) to general comments module
- tarik wrote a set of tcl functions needed for writing modules that support scoping (see /tcl/user-group-defs)
- philg added commentability to the file storage module
- philg added a trigger and fixed the SQL queries in Tcl defs for the
robot detection module
- philg added mainframe integration document
- karlg and philg added working with XML document
- philg added Ecommerce Subsystem (explained for MBAs)
- philg added some concurrency fixes to referer, clickthrough, and ad
- philg improved navigation and display on the /admin/adserver/
pages; added an example of adserver usage in /acs-examples/
- teadams added a monitoring section to the admin pages
- teadams, dvr, and abe added Cassandacle as a built in
ACS module. This is in the new monitor section of the admin pages. Of
- the table detail page lists dependant tables
- The sessions page lists all the information needed to find and kill
runaway session (see "Be Wary of Sql Plus" in Oracle Tips)
- dvr (mostly) and teadams added Watchdog as a built in module.
- dh added an FAQ maintenance system
- ron added a press coverage bragging system
- we added a download management system
- davis added ad-table-display for dimensional
sliders, tables, sorts, and persistent user customizations.
code is also available.
- teadams modified ad_restrict_to_administration in /tcl/ad-admin
to get you back to the admin pages after you register
- teadams adding the ability for administrator to approve email for
users awaiting email verification
- teadams modified /admin/users/user-class-add to be a little
more intelligent in parsing the initial select clause.
- philg modularized the comment/link stuff in /tcl/ad-html so that
it was easier for .adp pages to take advantage of the tables and procs
- philg made the portals system more robust (programming error in a
subsection will not render an entire portal unviewable)
- replaced the
Memoize procedure with
call to the permissions package.
November 8, 1999: Version 2.4:
- teadams added "self-documentation" in the admin area
- philg added integrity checks to the poll system (for exploring and
removing duplicate votes from the same IP address when you're not
- philg wrote a "how to upgrade an ACS installation" document
- philg added procs to support creating CSV files to 00-utilities
- philg fixed up the user admin pages (/admin/users/view-csv works now)
- jsc and philg improved the graphing
package with a drill-down URL facility
- philg enhanced ad_return_if_another_copy_is_running to be callable
from ADP pages (good for stability under extreme loads)
- philg fixed some cutting and pasting bugs in general-comments.sql
triggers (left orphaned comments around)
- tracy, philg, michael yoon, and sebastian made the huge overdue
change to categorization and user profiling, described in
- philg added the /tcl/ad-user-contributions-summary system, where
each module defines a procedure to produce a summary of User X's
contributions to a site. This makes /shared/community-member and
/admin/users/one extensible and modular.
- philg standardized navigation in the /address-book module
- philg added a /static section to ad.ini with exclusion patterns
for the static page syncer
- philg added the
to community-core.sql; this stores SQL LIKE patterns to exclude pages
from the site-wide index
- philg made major modifications to /admin/static/ to manage these
- jsc and philg made major improvements/changes to site-wide search,
with extensive help from the Context group at Oracle, notably Alpha and
Paul Dixon. This has not been added to the upgrade script since it requires
that the administrator be prepared to deal with interMedia, beginning
with patching it to 126.96.36.199.
- aure, dh, and philg improved the bookmarks system, notably the admin
pages and a "most-popular-public" page
October 10, 1999: Version 2.3:
- customer relationship management system
- curriculum establishment system
- user profiling enhancements
- portals system
- teadams added user classes (see user admin pages)
- philg added ability for each user to upload a portrait of him or
herself to be displayed to other users. To be done: automatic
production of thumbnail versions when ImageMagick is installed
(lots of columns added to the users table, including two BLOBs)
- philg and MarkD made major improvements to the poll module
- teadams added group login /ug/group-login, and ad_get_group_id and ad_get_group_info in tcl/ad-user-groups
- General comments: added triggers in general-comments.sql to delete comments on rows that get deleted.
- rolf: fixed a minor bug in /admin/ug/group-type, added group-type-member-field-delete and group-type-member-field-delete-2.
- teadams: fixed a few little bugs in the bookmarks
module that cropped up with a new user
- teadams: modified /regiser/user-new-2 to update last_visit in the users table
- philg: fixed bug whereby the /chat system would produce an error if
user's contribution was merely spaces
- philg added a simple index-by-date to the referer_log table; speeds
up queries on photo.net (1.3 million entries) from 34 seconds to 4.
- walter documented the /directory system
September 23, 1999: Version 2.2.1:
- eveander: fixed an important ecommerce module bug that appeared due to an undocumented, unannounced CyberCash API change (thank you, CyberCash). The "query" part of the procedure ec_talk_to_cybercash was modified.
- jsc & eveander: significant user group improvements including fixing all user group bugs at photo.net/ticket/, improving UI for group administrators, and allowing administrators to specify fields that are collected for all members of groups of a given type and for all members of a given group.
- teadams: added StaffServerP to the ini file. If StaffServerP=1,
then intranet, filestorage, ticket tracker and discussion groups
will appear in the workspace
September 22, 1999: Version 2.2:
- improved intranet module (procedures plus who is checked off to
perform them, project and customer reports) (dvr)
- poll module (markd)
- eveander: ecommerce module bugs 1822, 1821, 2261 at photo.net/ticket/ were fixed
- eveander: ecommerce module small improvements:
- columns shipment_id and refund_id were added to
ec_financial_transactions and the admin pages were modified
to fill in those columns when making charges/refunds (this is
just an extra auditing precaution; those values are never used)
- the user tracking present in most of the user pages was
encapsulated into a procedure to make the code cleaner
- philg: added commentability to classified ads; fixed some bugs and
taste problems in the general comments facility
- teadams: modified content sections so you can add info_blurb, help_blurb, add and edit content sections
- teadams: modified the last visit system so that it a) doesn't record sessions from AOLserver monitors, and b) records a repeat-visit if the last-visit cookie is not present on the inital page load and the user subsequently logs in
- teadams: few annotation edits in /directory
- teadams: modified /share/community-member to have a menu bar
- teadams: modified /ticket/project-top to redirect a user
to the admin pages if they are in the ticket administration group.
- teadams: modified /admin/spam/spam to clear the ^M's from the email that gets sent
- teadams: modified /tcl/ad-last-visit to not overcount cookied browsers. (IP caching), modified /register/user-login-2 to log a repeat visit (not session!) if the second_to_last_visit cookie is not present. See: doc/user-session-tracking for details.
- dvr: file storage permission fixes and ability to add urls
- teadams: modified user admin page to allow admins to select users with different criteria (ie - males who logged in within the last 10 days). This will expand into dynamic user classes.
- jsc: general_comments - added ability to upload files and images
- teadams: general_comments - added option to use titles and list comments by title.
- jsc: finally added utilities officially to the ACS, as tcl/00-ad-utilities
August 9, 1999: Version 2.1:
- collaborative bookmark maintenance system
- (philg) - added ability to clear a forum of all messages
(useful for forums that support university classes when the new semester
- (philg) - added
/doc/sql/pl-sql.sql (necessary for ecommerce module)
- (eveander and jsc) - added templates that were left out in the
ecommerce module release
- (eveander and jkoontz) - new release of the audit trail package
(necessary for ecommerce module)
- (eveander) - slight change in ecommerce data model to protect
against inserting 2 rows into ec_admin_settings. See
- (eveander) - modified various tcl scripts in the ecommerce module
to fix bugs. See: http://photo.net/ticket/issue-view?msg_id=1621,
- (teadams) prototype fixes submitted by John Lowry.
and http://photo.net/ticket/admin/issue-view?msg_id=1441 (/admin/prototype/tableinfo-3)
- (teadams) fixed typo in /tcl/file-storage-defs (public_f instead of public_p)
- (teadams) renamed /tcl/ad-prototype to /tcl/prototype-defs to reflect the fact that the prototype tool is an standalone module and not a part of ACS core.
- (philg) augmented
ad_header with an optional arg for
- (philg) improved /tcl/ad-html to never hold onto a db handle
while writing to the connection (also improve cleanliness of display)
- (teadams) edited /general-comments/comment-edit-2 and /general-comments/comment-edit-3 - fixed bug where you couldn't edit your comment.
August 4, 1999: Version 2.0:
- (philg) - wrote docs for /news and /calendar modules
- (philg) - changed release script so that /templates/ with news
subsystem example would go out in .tar file
July 27, 1999: Version 1.7:
- standard package for adding comments to a table/module
- ticket tracker upgrade
- Registration paramaterization and finite state machine (update every
file in /register and many in /admin, plus load script /doc/sql/upgrade-1.6-2.0-1.sql)
- file storage system (requires our Oracle driver 1.03 or newer; you
ns_ora blob_dml_file command); see
- (teadams) - modified /tcl/news-defs (news_new_stuff). The query to display new stuff to users had "release_date < sysdate". This was modified to
and "release_date > sysdate" in order to show news items that have been released in the past.
- (jsc) added configurable file system root for the help system (and
associated parameter in ad.ini); see /doc/help for details.
- (philg) added Tracy's util_httppost code to utilities (not
officially part of ACS)
- (philg) added util_link_responding_p and util_get_http_status to
utilites; useful for figuring out of a link is returning "404 Not
Found" or whatever
- (philg) enhanced the admin pages for links and comments to provide
searchability, better sweeping (using
util_link_responding_p), and one-click restoration of links
thought to be dead by the sweeper
- (philg) changed the most heavily hit /bboard pages to compute the
page in a string, release the db handle, then ns_return the bytes
(slightly worse user experience on unloaded system; much better
performance under heavy load from many users with slow connections
(fewer db handles tied up))
- (teadams) changed /gc/place-ad-4 to produce a user friendly
error message when the mailer is down
- (philg) added the new intranet-required fields to
users_contact in community-core.sql (thank you, Sean Y)
- (teadams) modified /ug/group-new-3 to not produce an error message
when the user doesn't fill in a non-new column
- (teadams) added export_ns_set_vars to utilities (not officially
part of ACS)
- (teadams) Added /admin/users/user-add, user-add-2 and user-add-3 to
allow admin additions to ACS. Modified /admin/users/index to add a link.
- (teadams) modified /tcl/ad-admin to allow /www/admin/users/action-choose to group by intranet users (employees) and groups. This allows you to spam employees or groups. Adding a link to "employees" on /www/admin/www/users/index, controled by the new paramter IntranetEnabled_p. Adding link for "download or spam group" in /www/admin/ug/group. Modified /www/admin/www/action-choose to fix a spam bug (spamming was sending email all authorized users!)
- (teadams) fixed http://photo.net/issue-view?msg_id=1161 (formatting problem in prototype results)
July 8, 1999: Version 1.6:
- robot detection
- intranet module -- run your whole company from the ACS (that's what
we do at ArsDigita and we've grown to $6 million in sales without any
financing or major bloodshed). Requires
alter table users_contact add (
- calendar display module
- (philg) added standard way to do site-wide style and multi-languages
- new column in users_preferences:
-- an ISO 639 language code (in lowercase)
language_preference char(2) default 'en',
- new document at /doc/style
- new procs in /tcl/ad-style
- (philg) added a standard way to do site-wide end-user help pages;
- (hqm) added a standard incoming
email handler (stuffs email into an Oracle table)
- (hqm and philg) added a new ticket
tracker module with automatic integration of Web and email
contributions (i.e., a programmer can be a full participant in
discussions even if he or she only uses email). The system includes a
revised and simplified user interface and comes out from its hiding
place under /admin/.
- (philg) added a comprehensive system for presentation of new content
site-wide to site admins, random Web surfers, and folks following via
email. Check out /tcl/ad-new-stuff, /shared/new-stuff, and
- (jsc and eveander) added a spell-checker and inaugurated a /tools/
directory, documentated at /doc/tools
- (teadams) added prototype builder that will allow developers to build standard add/edit/list pages via web forms /doc/prototype
utilities and call them from a bunch of /tcl files so as to make
debugging easier in the event of a source code error
(**** you'll have to upgrade your utilities from
http://photo.net/wtr/thebook/utilities.txt to make your ACS work ****)
- fixed /chat/post-message to catch error where browser doesn't
- (teadams) fixed /bboard/add-alert to use ad_maybe_redirect_for_registration. Old method did not ns_urlencode spaces.
- (teadams) added glossary section to ad.ini file (controls ApprovalPolicy)
- (philg) fixed ad_user_class_query (in /tcl/ad-admin) for small
sites where you're trying to query out every user
- (philg) added active_p column to user_groups
- (philg) fixed "who's online now" to suppress email address if
connected user isn't logged in
- (philg) added query_strings_by_date index on query_strings table in community-core.sql
- (philg) fixed /adserver/adimg to not interpose bogus /adserver/
in path to ads (thank you, Raissa)
- (philg) fixed bug in ad_administration_group_id
- (philg) fixed var
url being clobbered in /pvt/home
by admin group url (thanks again, Raissa)
- (philg) changed ad_maintain_last_visits_for_whosonline_internal so
that if someone's second_to_last_visit was more than four times as long
as the session expiration seconds (typically one day), we update the
session (formerly we never updated the second_to_last_visit if someone
once per day)
- (philg) moved /tcl/ad-chat to /tcl/chat-defs (more standard
since chat is its own module)
- (philg) took the symlinks from /tcl and make them ordinary files
(and removed the defs files from the module dirs). Did this for
adserver-defs, bboard-defs, calendar-defs, contest-defs,
May 31, 1999: Version 1.5:
- fixed philg_quote_double_quotes (used by export_entire_form) in
utilities to also quote >, <, & chars; this fixes some
weird behavior when people try to discuss HTML in the /bboard system;
**** you'll have to upgrade your utilities from what you see at
http://photo.net/wtr/thebook/utilities.txt to get this fix ****
- fixed file upload-related bug in /bboard/insert-msg (error when
file uploads enabled but none specified)
- because ns_striphtml is so stupid (removes > and < chars but
doesn't remove teh tags within), change /bboard/insert-msg to
- fixed typo in bboard_uploaded_files definition (/doc/sql/bboard.sql)
-- good catch, email@example.com!
- squashed a lot of bugs in the bboard photo uploading stuff and
improved the user interface
- added banner ideas system and applied it to the classifieds
- added graphic package to generate bar charts
- modified /doc/proc-one to distinguish optional variables
- modified /admin/ug/group-info-edit-2 to actually update
the user group helper table.
- added /admin/categories/ to maintain canonical content categories
("interests" as far as users are concerned) and also add info for when
users see this as a mailing list thing
- actually implemented the spamming/mailing list system
(/mailing-list/ for the users /admin/spam/ for the admin). One of these
files used to end with ""! What's the point of
open-sourcing software if people don't tell us these things!
- fixed a bug in the content section stuff whereby "require
registration_p" did not automatically register a filter
- added RegistrationRequiresApprovalP and
RegistrationRequiresEmailVerification to ad.ini and made lots of changes
to registration, login, and user admin pages to support private sites
where people can't just register and waltz in; this necessitates adding
approved_p column to the
users table, which
in turns breaks lots and lots of pages site-wide (because
approved_p becomes ambiguously defined in a JOIN)
- added Yahoo-style nav bar in /calendar system
- added content tagging system, esp. useful for flagging and replacing
- added /chat system, which uses the content tagging system as a
- added /shared/whos-online, which is intertwined with chat and an
index to support it:
- added /tcl/ad-sidegraphics and corresponding section in ad.ini
file; standard way to decorate lots of ACS pages (or custom pages that
you might define); see http://photo.net/bboard/ for the system in use
- added a "sort by usage" option to the /bboard system index page (and
some graphics options)
- added Yahoo-style navigation to the user group admin pages
- Usability upgrade to the ticket tracker. Users can now do things like edit the issue's project.
- standard package for adding auditing to Oracle tables: /doc/audit
pathetically small fixes/changes
- fixed bug in /tcl/ad-monitor
- changed ad_administration_group_id to return "" if it can't find a
group (instead of 0)
April 18, 1999: Version 1.4:
- added the /glossary module
- augmented /bboard to handle arbitrary file uploads (and made image
file uploads really work)
- modified ad_generic_optionlist in /tcl/ad-widgets to use string compare instead of ==. This solves some problems the TCL has with using integers with ==.
- added bozo filters in the /bboard system (to prevent photo.net users
from writing "aperature", for example)
- added session tracking and reporting. Keeps counts for each day of
total sessions and repeat sessions, including both non-registered and
registered users. For registered users, we've added an
n_sessions column to the
- added auditing to the classified ads (/gc) module; required new
table definition for
classified_ads_audit, two indices,
audit insert statements all over the place. Also removed some dead code
and clarified the individual ad pages.
- April 6, 1999 (teadams): Fixed clobs query in
- added statistics link to the q-and-a page for the bboard
- added Yahoo-style navigation (from ad-navigation) to the /bboard
- added Yahoo-style navigation (from ad-navigation) to the /gc
- added ability for /gc/ system to bounce ads that mention eBay
- added /doc/permissions package
- added /gc/admin/ pages that use permissions system
- dropped the ad_authorized_maintainers table from the classifieds.sql
data model (replaced with generic permissions scheme)
- created view users_active in /doc/sql/community-core.sql. Modified view users_alertable to exclude banned users.
- ad_handle_spammers in ad-antispam will block out IP addresses
identified in the new [ns/server/photonet/acs/antispam] section of the
ad.ini file; there is a "feign failure" mode where the spammer is
treated to a bunch of ns_sleep commands
- fixed bug in password system (make sure to upgrade to this version
so that users won't get locked out if they choose the wrong passwords
and also for better security)
March 1, 1999: Version 1.3:
- Fixed the "From" field in daily and monday/thursday bboard email alerts.
- Fixed /bboard/admin-community-view and subordinate pages to use the current data model.
- Users are asked to log in before deleting a classified ad. (Users would visit an ad from an emails alert, click delete and then be told they were not authorized.)
- Modified insert statement in /doc/sql/bboard.sql and classifieds.sql to prevent multiple inserts of seed rows. They are now PL/SQL blocks that first verify the row is not present.
- Added /tcl/ad-last-visit to maintain the last_visit and
second_to_last_visit cookies and users table columns
- Fixed notification message in /gc/place-bid-2. Changed mailto link to a link to the /shared/community-member in gc/place-bid
- Moved call to bbaord_get_top_info in /bboard/q-and-a before the message output so users can't see private messages for bboard groups they are not in.
- Modified /shared/community-member to not return messages from private bboards.
- Added user-error trapping code in /gc/place-ad-4 to limit classified ad to 3600 characters
- Fixed typo in the pl-sql procedure that added the system user in /doc/sql/community-core.sql. Fixed typo in the pl-sql procedure that add the administrator user-group in /doc/sql/user-groups.sql.
- Set QQtopic to
[DoubleApos $topic] in /bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg, /bboard/q-and-a-post-repl-form, /bboard/usgeospacial-fetch-msg, bboard/usgeospacial-post-reply-form
- Modified /bboard/q-and-a-post-reply-form to use html_p.
- Modified /admin/ug/member-add-2 to fix a HTML table problem that occurred when a role was specified in the post.
- Modified query for user_group_map record in /admin/ug/role-edit to contrain by group_id.
- Only queries supplement group information table if the table exists in /ug/group.
- Upgraded the ticket tracking system to include status (open, closed, fixed waiting approval, etc). To upgrade, you must add the column status to the ticket_issues table.
- Added member value user charges to bboard deletion.
- Added a "show me expensive users" feature to the admin index (when
- Fixed /admin/users/one to display dates more cleanly and, more
importantly, not to drag all the actual content of static pages out of
Oracle when only the title and url stub were needed.
- Added a spam hunter to the links section
- Added pages to manipulate the blacklist GLOB table to the
- Installed the automatic dead link sweeper to the /admin/links/
pages. This required adding
checked_date date to the
- Moved the link-check procedure (spider to find dead links in
static files) into /admin/static/ (from /admin/). Linked it from
the top-level static content admin page.
- completely revamped the referral reporting system
- Added a procedure
/tcl/ad-navigation to support Yahoo-style navigation.
- Added a Yahoo-style navigation system to the entire /admin tree
February 8, 1999: Version 1.2:
- Added a content section to /parameters/ad.ini; useful for telling
the ACS where the site map is and also whether the index page should
be generated or served from a static file (the average publisher is
going to want to take special care with the root page of the site).
- Began experimenting with a nice tree view of all a site's static
content (for the administrator) but gave up. It is too slow on a big
site such as Photo.Net to keep dragging all the information out of
Oracle. The correct solution is to wait a few weeks until Oracle 8.1
comes out and we can run Java inside the server. Then do most of the
work inside Oracle.
- Fixed a lot of bugs in the classified ad subsystem.
- Fixed various bugs throughout the system.
- Added user choice of HTML verses Plain text to comment system.
- Changed /bboard/insert-msg to isolate the mailer from the database handle by accumulating emails in a ns_set, releasing the handle, and them emailing the messages.
- Added ticket(/admin/ticket) and address book modules
- Added a
users_alertable view to the database that
excludes users who've been deleted, who are on vacation, or whose email
address is generating bounces. Added pages to let a user announce a
vacation and then mark his or her return. Changed all the procedures
that generate alerts to query from
- Removed the
administrator_p column from the users
table, added a predefined user_group of type "system", group name
"administrators" that accomplishes the same function (lumping a set of
users together as admins).
- Much beefing up of the user groups stuff.
ad_acs_release_date to /tcl/ad-defs; these will let you
write programs that adjust to the ACS version
- Added ability for users to change passwords
- Added /directory module so that users can look each other up
(entails new section in ad.ini file)
January 17, 1999: Version 1.1.
- Added neighbor-to-neighbor module (under /neighbor)
- Substantial improvements to admin pages
- User's password (kept in cookie) is now crypted with ns_crypt (means
users with persistent cookies will be asked to log in again).
- Added a skeleton data warehousing module (/dw)
- Added a data model for a IT collaboration server: GlassRoom; sadly,
no scripts yet
December 12, 1998: Version 1.0.
1995-1998: private releases of different portions of the ACS