March 02, 2006

Trackbacks and Galleries

Released a small (functionality wise) update to BlogBuilder today, with some pretty big code changes, so if you see any problems it would be very helpful if you could comment and tell us what they are – there shouldn't be any problems but, as with any change, it's difficult to be 100% certain.

  • When you trackback a non-Warwick Blog that supports trackbacks, it should now correctly show the URL of your entry to that blog.
  • There should now be no problems with turning off trackbacks or pings for individual entries.
  • The bug that caused the trackback counter to increment when a post that was trackbacking it was edited has been fixed.
  • The My Comments screen now shows "Today" and "Yesterday" where relevant just like entries do (and we're working on the other problems with the My Comments page ordering wrongly and not updating fast enough).
  • Galleries now have a maximum description length of 4,000 characters, and tell you much more politely if you exceed it.

For those who care: This update has taken a long time because there's also a backend upgrade where the code now uses the new features (foreach loops, autoboxing, Generics) in Java 5, which makes the code a lot nicer and safer to work with, and removes 2,286 iterators in the BlogBuilder code and replaces them with foreach loops (in almost every case)!

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  1. Matt,

    I don't know if it's to do with the update to blogbuilder but now when I try to edit entries I get an HTTP500 error. I've print screened the error message and can email it to you if that's any help? Entry contains HTML tags, editing one without is fine.

    02 Mar 2006, 23:51

  2. Mathew Mannion

    Hi Chris,

    Email me the exception (


    03 Mar 2006, 03:32

  3. Why does the my comment page now display the first comment made to an entry rather than the most recent one? Its a little confusing. Also now it says 'Eleanor O'Donnell' wrote the last comment on an entry – but thats me! Why doesn't it say that!?

    03 Mar 2006, 17:26

  4. Mathew Mannion

    It's a bug, Eleanor, we are aware of it (just not sure why it's happened… odd)


    03 Mar 2006, 19:10

  5. Ah okay, I was just wondering. Its more perplexing than anything else!

    03 Mar 2006, 23:55

  6. Mat,

    I've just got the same error as Chris when trying to publish an entry tracking back to someone else's blog. Help…

    05 Mar 2006, 12:49

  7. Hmmm, yet having now redone the entry completely it works… but only on the third time of clicking on 'publish'.

    05 Mar 2006, 12:56

  8. Mathew Mannion

    I will look into it when I get into work on Wednesday.

    05 Mar 2006, 16:47

  9. Guys, just to let you know I'm having severe problems with the 500 Internal Server Error when editing entries as well. If you need me to forward a screenshot, let me know. Unlike Chris in reply 1 I'm not using HTML tags, only Blogbuilder markup (apart from the Trackback link.) Cheers.

    08 Mar 2006, 01:44

  10. In a follow up to Ben, I just had a problem when trying to 'Report a Problem' on someone elses blog, it gives me the same error message as Ben, but when I go back and re-enter the info, it clears the form, and my name and email address as if I were no longer logged in, then it errors again.

    08 Mar 2006, 23:27

  11. Yep, I'm still having problems with 500 server error. It does seem to be very sporadic though – was fine for a week or so but it's now failing over and over again.

    15 Mar 2006, 10:22

  12. Though I just copied and pasted the entry into a new one (instead of trying to publish a previously-saved draft) and it worked fine. Hmmm…

    15 Mar 2006, 10:24

  13. Mathew Mannion

    "500 server error" is actually just a generic error, and doesn't tell us anything – it would be very helpful if, should you ever receive such an error, you copy and paste all the information into an email and either use the Report a problem form and select "This page has a technical fault", or drop an email to blogs @ warwick . ac . uk with the error and explain how you came by it

    15 Mar 2006, 15:03

  14. Ah, I see. This blonde, non-computer-literate female was unaware of that. I shall do exactly that if it happens again.

    15 Mar 2006, 20:27

  15. This non-blonde, usually fairly computer-literate male was also unaware of that… I'll forward it to you in an e-mail next time I come across it.

    16 Mar 2006, 23:15

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