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Welcome back, the Wrox, p2p.wrox.com programmer to programmer forums are back up and open for questions. Here's a short list of some of the key new features this version of the forums adds:

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  • Book forums feature book cover and links to book and code pages
  • Better forum navigation, less page refresh, Ajax features for search, threads, etc
  • Code syntax code coloring - use the "highlight" tag along with the right language name to syntax color code your code
  • Similar threads - automatic listing of up to 5 related threads after each thread
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  • Pages that aren't found will redirect to the forum search page instead of a "not found" error
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Returning users will find a few missing and changed items to be aware of:
  • No server-side spell checking. Use either the built in FireFox Spell check or add IE Spell Add-in to Intenet Explorer
  • Double check your profile, some links and formatting in profiles may break from the old forums to new. Also, if you want your birthday in your profile, we deleted them all, add it back in. Check your timezone.
  • Temporarily, code that's posted without a "code" tag will lose it's indenting. We highly recommend you use the code tag for code anyway but we will change the code display of code outside "code" tags to preserve leading whitespace
We'll be listening for bugs you discover of course. Enjoy the new forums.
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Jim,
One thing that I have noticed, albeit intermittently, is that when I go to a page that no longer exists I receive the following PHP error:


Warning: include(/var/www/html/vb/search.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /srv/wrox/vb/vbseo.php on line 1446

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/var/www/html/vb/search.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in /srv/wrox/vb/vbseo.php on line 1446

The page that I go to when I get this error is:

http://p2p.wrox.com/active.asp

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Thanks Doug, I've got that bug logged and on the list to be fixed.
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I also noticed a Paste bug. When you past copied code (from the thread) all spaces are removed. Try copying this:

<asp:ControlParameter ControlID="TextBox1" Name="PinCode" PropertyName="Text" Type="Int32"/>

and then paste it in the reply box. It ends up as

<asp:ControlParameterControlID="TextBox1"Name="PinCode"PropertyName="Text"Type="Int32"/>


Can't repro it on this thread, but try here:

Searching gridview results

Copy one of the ControlParameter lines, click Edit reply and paste it.

Also, can we have a "Paste as plain text" button on the editor?

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Thanks Imar. I'll report the spacing issue. As you know, spaces have been a real headache. :(

The "reply with quote" feature preserves spacing in replies, at least based on my first test. Could this potentially work as a workaround until we dig into the copy issue more?

In the full editor, does the remove text formatting button do what you want for pasted text?
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It's not ideal (requires a few more steps / clicks) but it does indeed do what a Paste as Text button could do. Thanks for that.

I have a few more bug reports / feature requests. Where should I report those? In this thread? Or by mail? Or maybe in a different forum category?

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Hey there.. Was waiting for your answer about where to post Bugs/feature problems, but since I saw this I though about post it.. In the first mail I received from this thread, there was a line that reads: "There may also be other replies, but you will not receive any more notifications until you visit the forum again.". But I received the full thread (which is ok, I want all of them).. I'm understanding this line bad? or should the system stop sending me mails until I visited the forum?
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Also, I don't get it.. my fist post was full of returns, why I see only one line??
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I've corrected the the standard test of the email message to match the actual subscription behavior. You will get each reply to a thread.

And yes, this is the best forum to post bugs and issues. Post the here publicly so everyone can know what's already been reported.

And also, gbianchi if you could give us more details on what you pasted originally, yes, line breaks and spacing are an issue we're working with. Would be helpful as we try to fix this to get all the feedback on all the breaks. Thanks!
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I'm using firefox with noscript add-on. I just realize that it was bloking the script for the site (new notebook, never get into the site from it).

So this msg will be a check for the line breaking thing. Anyway I was not pasting anything, just writting myself...

And now the email works ok (the text dissapear )
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