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Enabling SSL On Apache

This is a quick overview of the process of adding an SSL certificate to apache (for next time...):
  1. Generate your private key and CSR with:
    openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout yourdomain.key -out yourdomain.csr
  2. Request your certificate
  3. Save requested certificate onto server in a .crt file
  4. Download the intermediary/root cert from
  5. Make your site file in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/ look like this:
<VirtualHost *:443>

        SSLEngine On
         SSLCertificateFile /home/youruser/yourdomain.crt
         SSLCertificateKeyFile /home/youruser/yourdomain.key
         SSLCACertificateFile /var/www/verisign.crt


        DocumentRoot /var/www/yourdomain

An explanation of each of those certificates:
SSLCertificateFile - This is the certificate you received after your request.
SSLCertificateKeyFile - This is the private key you generated in step 1.
SSLCACertificateFile - This is the intermediary cert you downloaded from verisign.

Yii quickdlgs Without UrlManager Enabled

'controllerRoute' => 'controller/create',
'dialogTitle' => 'Create New Record',
'dialogWidth' => 800,
'dialogHeight' => 600,
'openButtonText' => 'Add Record',
'closeButtonText' => 'Close',
//'openButtonHtmlOptions' => array(...),

With the code above, I was getting the following error:
The system is unable to find the requested action "create?qdsClass=EFrameJuiDlg".

I had to change line 79 in EFrameJuiDlg.php inside the quickdlgs extension from:
            $url .= '?' . http_build_query($this->urlParams);
            $url .= '&' . http_build_query($this->urlParams);

htmlspecialchars() expects parameter 1 - Yii (echmultiselect)

htmlspecialchars() expects parameter 1 to be string, array given C:\xampp\htdocs\yii\framework\web\helpers\CHtml.php(98) 
The error only occurred when trying to apply the echmultiselect filter to the filter above the gridview.

Here's what I did to fix:
1. Went to the Yii framework folder and found the following file: yii\framework\web\helpers\CHtml.php

2. Modifed line 98 from "return htmlspecialchars($text,ENT_QUOTES,Yii::app()->charset);" to:
"return htmlspecialchars(print_r($text, true),ENT_QUOTES,Yii::app()->charset);"

Then you need to implement the echmultiselect extension in the view (my example shows adding it for site_status):

3. Added this php code to the view: $data= CHtml::listData(Nvdaily::model()->findAll(), 'blahblahblah', 'blahblahblah');
(but it should probably be in the model)

4. Made my 'columns' array look like this:
array (
            'filter'=> $this->widget('ext.EchMultiselect.EchMultiselect',
                'model' => $model,
                'dropDownAttribute' => 'blahblahblah',
                'data' => $data,
                'options' => array('buttonWidth' => 80, 'ajaxRefresh' => true),
            true // capture output; needed so the widget displays inside the grid

Error Handling In mysqldb - Python

I've had issues with queries failing and leaving connections open (enough to stall a server...). I know python's oursql library supports using the WITH keyword, and I think it will close the connection when there is an unexpected error. However, I'm not sure if I'm ready to move to a different library for MySQL (it's working well).

Here's what I'm currently doing to close the cursor and connection, then re-raise the error:

import MySQLdb

conn = MySQLdb.connect(user="username", passwd="secret", db="database", charset='utf8')
cur = conn.cursor()

cur.execute("INSERT INTO testTable (userid) VALUES(%s);" % id)
print "Insert Successful"

haufe.sharepoint Python Library - URLs With %20

I changed line 25 of the haufe.sharepoint library to fix an issue I was having with URLs which had %20 (the url encoded space character):

New Code:
location = urllib.quote(self.location(), safe=":/")

Old Code:
location = self.location()

Just try using a URL with %20 with haufe.sharepoint to see what I'm talking about.

urllib2.URLError Python SUDS library

To figure this out, you're going to need logging. Turn on logging with the following:

import logging logging.basicConfig(level=logging.INFO) logging.getLogger('suds.client').setLevel(logging.DEBUG) logging.getLogger('suds.transport').setLevel(logging.DEBUG) logging.getLogger('suds.xsd.schema').setLevel(logging.DEBUG) logging.getLogger('suds.wsdl').setLevel(logging.DEBUG)