Published at 12:21AM on the 4th of October, 2014 | Author: Timothy Harding

DevLog 2: Rollback Support Redux

Finally made some updates to the sites backend and interface. I'll start with the backend and move forward from there.

Website's Backend Code

A good friend of mine (whose knowledge of CS has far eclipsed my own since we last hung out, pictured below) suggested I switch the entire database to InnoDB, which I talked about it's benefits here, and create a sort of ghost table to house the FULLTEXT search index. After that, a simple trigger can make sure the two tables are always in sync.

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I decided against the trigger solution for now, opting for a stored procedure and manually calling it after the database 'commit' command. I couldn't really figure out how the trigger would work if I did a rollback, as myISM databases do not support this feature.


	DELETE FROM itunpro_posts_search
		WHERE post_id = update_post_id;
	INSERT INTO itunpro_posts_search
		SELECT * FROM itunpro_posts
		WHERE post_id = update_post_id;


I also removed the useless AUTONUM PK from the tags table. When I originally designed the site I was very much a newbie and made the mistake of putting a numbered PK on everything, regardless of the need. I would then worry that the numbers were out of sync, if truncating the table would wreck havoc, and how to reset the AUTONUM value if needed.

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It took a DA veteran to knock that behavior out of me (pictured above), but the website's older design lived on for years. After finally removing the 'tag_id' column, I was amused that the website required zero alterations to play with the new table design. It was as if I decided it wasn't needed ages ago, but never committed to removing the column.

CREATE TABLE `itunpro_tags` (
  `post_id` int(11) NOT NULL,
  `tag_text` varchar(64) NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`post_id`,`tag_text`)

I also removed a preview mechanic for the post submissions, as it was causing me no end of grief. I'm going to attempt to put it back in with javascript/jquery. But that is about it for changes to the backend. Nothing drastic.

Front end

Only a few changes here. Since I designed the original javascript, I've learned about this fancy newfangled contraption called jquery. It really isn't that new though, so I was apparently just being blind to the benefits. I took a horrendous bit of code (note the testing for nodes, neighbors, parents, children. because each browser computes objects, parents, and children slightly differently):

//Iterate through the images
for( i=0; i < document.images.length; i++) {

	//Get the height and width values of current image
	width = document.images[i].width;
	height = document.images[i].height;
	//If our parent is a post_image, then set the height
	if (document.images[i].parentNode.className == "post_image") {
		document.images[i] = height + 12 + "px";
	} else {
	//Else If our parent's parent is a post image, we have an enlargeable image on our hands
		if (document.images[i].parentNode.parentNode.className == "post_image") {
			//Set the height like before
			document.images[i] = height + 12 + "px";
			//Get our parent node in a var
			var mylist=document.images[i].parentNode.parentNode;
			//Iterate through the child nodes until we find post_image_enlarge
			for (j=0; j < mylist.childNodes.length; j++){
				//Set the offset to get the picture to the farthest right of the image
				if (mylist.childNodes[j].className == "post_image_enlarge") {
					offset = Math.ceil((mylist.clientWidth - width) / 2) + width - 95;
					mylist.childNodes[j].style.left =  offset + "px";

And turned it into this:

$('div.post_image').each(function() {
	var img = $(this).find('img');
	var enlarge = $(this).find('div');
	enlarge.width((enlarge.outerWidth(true) - img.width())/2 + img.width());


Hopefully I'll be able to make similar changes around the website. Let me know if you see anything falling apart and thanks for reading :)
Tags: DevLog, FULLTEXT, InnoDB, JavaScript, JQuery, MyISAM, MySQL, PHP, Transactions, Web Design
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