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### Michael Gage - WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1

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 WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1 topic started 2/26/2003; 8:41:56 AMlast post 2/27/2003; 3:40:05 PM
Michael Gage - WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1
2/26/2003; 8:41:56 AM (reads: 3255, responses: 11)
WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1
We have a preview release for WeBWorK 2 which uses the apache request model and and mod-perl rather than the CGI mechanism. The increases the modularity, flexibility and the speed of operation. The actual appearance is fairly close to the original.

Here's the announcement from Sam Hathaway and Dennis Lambe, the two U of R undergraduates who have done most of the design and all of the coding on this project.

The WeBWorK team is pleased to announce the release of WeBWorK 2.0 Preview Release 1. This is a beta version of the forthcoming WeBWorK 2.0 system, a mod_perl version of WeBWorK with many exciting features that are only of interest to programmers ;)

You can visit an on-going course, as a student, using this new software at http://webwork3.math.rochester.edu:11002/webwork/mth143

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Main site for webwork mod-perl release, including the software download site is: http://webwork3.math.rochester.edu

### Release notes for webwork2.0pr1

Posted by Michael Gage on 2/26/03; 8:42:26 AM
from the dept.

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 John Jones - Re: WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1  2/26/2003; 12:04:58 PM (reads: 3414, responses: 0) Hi, I like the new look. I have two questions and a comment. When I tried a problem from a set which was closed, there was no submit button -- only preview. Am I missing something? How does a student go back and see if they can answer problems after a set is closed? When I looked at a problem from an open set, there was a submit button and a check answers button. Why have a way for students to check if their answers are right/wrong other than "submit". It seems like this will generate more confusion (students thinking they did a problem when they only checked their answers). Since there is a link labelled help, I thought maybe things would be explained if I clicked there. It took me to the WeBWorK home page, where the most prominant information was about the informal meeting in Baltimore. More context specific help would have been better. John <| Post or View Comments |>

 Mark Schmitt - Re: WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1  2/26/2003; 3:04:17 PM (reads: 3408, responses: 0) Mike, I'm not able to get to the course from your link above. I am able to reach the main site, but that is all. I tried modifying the link, leaving out the port number, but I got a Not Found (404) error. With the port number, I get a "Could not connect to remote server" error. Has something happened to the site since John was at it, or is it likely just a problem on my end? Mark <| Post or View Comments |>

 Michael Gage - Re: WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1  2/26/2003; 3:34:47 PM (reads: 3392, responses: 0) Hi Mark, is working right at the moment. We changed one file on the server a little while ago -- it's possible that you tried to hit it right at the moment it was down for rebooting. The port number is important -- we're not using the standard port since it running on an experimental server. It is just possible that something is screening out that port number from your end. I don't think it is being screened out at our end since John was able to get to it. Try the link again and let me know what happens. -- Mike <| Post or View Comments |>

 Mark Schmitt - Re: WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1  2/26/2003; 5:03:55 PM (reads: 3366, responses: 0) Mike, I'm still having issues connecting. It is probably a block on this end. I will try from home later tonight. There should be no blockages from there. Mark <| Post or View Comments |>

 Zbigniew Fiedorowicz - Re: WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1  2/26/2003; 5:46:17 PM (reads: 3388, responses: 0) Hi Mike,I prefer the old look. Also the issues that John raised aredue to very poor labelling of the buttons in question.In the closed sets, the Preview button also tells you if the answersare right or wrong, but it doesn't record them. You are also told:You have attempted this problem x times.You have unlimited attempts remaining.This problem set is closed. Additional attempts will not be recorded.This doesn't make any sense.The Check Answers button in open sets really means Check My Old Answers,ie. the ones which were previously submitted and are now recorded.I guess this feature was added to address the Gavin's earlier request.However the wording is very confusing and misleading.Zig <| Post or View Comments |>

 Michael Gage - Re: WeBWorK 2.0 Preview release 1  2/26/2003; 6:04:41 PM (reads: 3405, responses: 0) Hi Zig, One of the nice features of the new modular WeBWorK is that you can customize the display template independently of the rest of the program. That should allow us to set up a template that is virtually identical to the current version. We'll take another pass at the button lables and make them less confusing. Thanks to all for the fast responses. -- Mike <| Post or View Comments |>