This Change Log should have been started several years back, but
here it begins with changes in 2015. Note, items are buttons: click
them to see full explanations.
CS Roo Changes 2015
Credit for this change goes to
Felipe Volpatto and Jamie Ruiz. When you are logged onto a site with
administrator status it is now possible to make immediate changes to
entries in the progress page by clicking an 'edit' icon to the left
of each entry.
CS Roo Changes 2016
One of the most important CS Roo features is the comma seperated
variable format file that drives the display of the Progress Page.
Getting the initial format, including date stamps, correct without
auto-generating this file is extremely difficult. Hence, there is a page that auto-generates
the file based upon how someone has constumized the course dates
in the config.php file. Up until now someone had to log in as and
admin user of the site to create a new one. This was meant to
encourage setting up users, but backfired and just made life very
hard on everyone. Now there is a adin key and all that is required to
create a fresh empty progress csv files is to know and enter that
key. As before, for a final safety lock the only way to make that
file be read by CS Roo is to actually move it up out of the ztools
subdirectory. Thus, even if some stranger starts making new files,
while it wastes time and space, it does no other real damage
The support for logging onto a
CS Roos site has been bouncing back and forth between functionality
that only works on the CSU CS Department server based upon a protocol
associated with the Checkin program and functionality that only works
off a locally maintained file stored with each CS Roo based site. As
of this version, CS Roo checks whether it is running on the
public_server as defined in the config.php file and if so uses the
CSU CS Checkin protocol. It otherwise defaults to a local form of
authentication appropriate for a development, i.e. personal laptop,
Jamie Ruiz and I have jointly
crafted a very simple .htaccess file now supplied with CS Roo that
forces all access to be through SSL. In other words, regardless of
wether a user or external link requests https, the apache server is
directed through a rewrite rule to use https. This change reflects
the reality that in 2016 all sites should be using https and Google
in particular is reported to drop insecure sites in their rankings.
The code for creating new
progress spreadsheets now issues (hopefully) more helpful feedback
under common errors such as failure to move the file up out of the
ztools sub-folder or failure to create a new spreadsheet because of
unix permissons in the ztools sub-folder.
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