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Due to the overwhelming popularity of getsub, we've moved it to its very own page which you can find here.
|mkwct.pl v1.0||no comment|
This is to alleviate some of the pain when creating webct quizzes. If you are tired of using the web interface to create your questions, then this program can help. It requires you to type your questions as you would except in a text file that has some xml'ish syntax to it. The attributes to the tags should be familiar if you have experience importing your questions into webct. If you don't and want to learn, then I suggest you start by downloading your existing database of questions from webct. You can do this somewhere in "Manage Questions". The documentation also explains how to import questions. The syntax looks like this:
This will save you the worry of the nasty quiz format syntax. It can render any document unreadable once you have those required tags in it. This is a little less rigid. The 'H' or 'T' are for text or html. The dimensions after the ':':' are the size of the textbox for the actual answer, on the html form. Email me if you have anymore questions. I'll be posting a more comprehensive introduction to this page shortly.
Here is an example of one of our labs, which has this syntax secretly contained in it. Notice the tags require it to be embedded in an html comment, this way a web browser doesn't blow up on the syntax.
|lab4.wct||the output when using lab4.html as input. This is the actual question format that webct will accept.|
Also note, my usage of the *.wct file is not a standard file extension for webct quizzes. This is just a convention that I have been using to distinguish them from other documents. Feel free to use it, but don't think people will know what you are talking about.
Takes the html source of your assignment or quiz, and returns you a list of magic numbers that correspond to the drop-boxes where the submitted work resides.
Just a wrapper for wget (also called "recursive web-suck"), but will download all referenced html pages given a starting page up to a specified depth. Usage is explained in the program. This is useful if you want to mirror a page from the outside world (uses your passwords, too), so webct is no exception.
Tested on QUEEN. Only necessary if your course still has two websites. Performs a mirror from the "inside", where wget is doing this from the "outside". It requires ssh for authentication into a host system, then it copies a <timestamp>.public_html.tar.gz file to your local filesystem. This is useful if you want to mirror all the material on one website, and transfer that material to the webct server. This program does what wget can't do, and that is grab all data sitting in the public_html directory, which has no references to it. It won't have references if a directory has an index.html page, which signal the web server to block an 'ls' or 'dir' from occuring in that directory. This solves the reference issues of wget, and allows for the most complete mirroring of a system.
This could be further extended to automatically upload this data into webct, but sftp, or even ftp, is not provided to date. This would be an excellent service that you should kindly ask the university to provide.
A requirement on some systems for the appletviewer may be to turn off the sound. It does funny things on my system if I leave the sound on.
Please keep in mind that the appletviewer is slower than a JVM running in your web browser. When you click on the room that you want, it will take about 5 minutes before the room actually opens. This is normal, just be patient. This latency is only in the beginning, the chat will still give the illusion of real-time.
Last thing to note, this file is hardcoded for CS172. My solution is to download the source of this file, change the CS172 to whatever your course is, then call the appletviewer with the new file location.
So... using your appletviewer type the following command exactly:
$ appletviewer http://www.mcs.drexel.edu/~uccera/webct/chatapplet.html
Here is a direct link to the applet, but if you're browser doesn't support the chat applet in webct, it won't magically work here either.
If you don't have the chat applet then use the one on queen over ssh. If you don't know what ssh is, then you should download it at http://www.ssh.com. ssh will tunnel all of your display connections so you can execute the applet on queen remotely and the display information will be sent to you automatically. I tested this on 4/22/2001. Drexel provides an ssh license for all students, and should be on the student file server or the Drexel CD.
Queen is the name of Sun Solaris machine where all of our faculty/staff in CS have shell access.
|10/10/2001||Moved getsub to its own page, other slight modifications.|
|10/6/2001||Brand new getsub to save the day.|
|10/1/2001||Added accounts page, and re-upped the assignments page.|
|7/30/2001||Moved the site over to classes root|
|7/10/2001||Added the assignments page|
|5/7/2001||Added v1.4 of getsub.pl, fixes issue with certain binary data like word docs. I wasn't aware of this until some windows users began using the program. I was trying to remove the annoying <xmp> </xmp> that appears in plaintext submitted data. The problem is fixed now, and the <xmp>'s are safely removed.|
|4/23/2001||Less vaporware, updated getsub.pl|
|4/11/2001||Lots of vaporware here, this will change shortly. I have everything written already, but is highly hard-wired to my configuration. If you really need something mentioned here that has't been uploaded yet, just mail me and I'll email you what I have. It should only require minor changes.|
Back to the WebCT page @MCSEverything on this page was written by Chris Cera in the Mathematics and Computer Science department at Drexel University