Our Beta Testers Rock!
|Posted by Charles Jaimet on Feb 18, 2011|
The beta test of the Tricksy chart maker began just a few hours ago and already two testers have found two massive, glaring problems with my programming.
I couldn't be happier!
First off, the chart refused to build in Internet Explorer 8. Robin did everything right and it still just swallowed the knitting instructions and returned nothing. Turns out IE8 doesn't know when you click the submit image that it's been clicked. With all due respect to Bill Gates, I hate Microsoft. If any browser is going to fail it's always IE. I should test more thoroughly in IE, but we added the submit image at the end, when Megan was trying to make the chart maker look a little less like it had been designed by a programmer, and I missed out double checking to see if IE could handle it. By the way, Bill, using an image to submit a form has been around since the mid-nineties. You might want to work it into your next version of the browser.
Secondly, Betsy found out that instructions she entered failed even though the syntax was right. This one was more confusing, especially since I tried the instructions she sent and they worked fine for me. I took a look at the database though and saw it was full of strange (non-ASCII) characters), like this: Row Â 1: K1, Â P2, Â K3
I still haven't touched base with her but I believe the problem comes from cutting and pasting out of another progra. I never do this which is why the beta testing is so great. It's exposing errors I would never have found on my own. I've changed the program to strip these characters out, so that should be the end of that.
Is that the end of the errors? Not likely. If it's the end of anything it's likely just the end of the easy solutions.
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