Do You Have Too Many Chars? - Tamberra
Here at Tamberra, we see ourselves as professional digital problem solvers. We love a good mystery and that is what your project might be at this stage… a mystery. Who, what, where, when, why – these are all questions that we can help you answer.
Tampa, Web Development, Web Developers, Web Applications, Tampa Bay, Programmers, Newspaper Web Developer
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-15017,single-format-standard,do-etfw,woocommerce-no-js,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,vertical_menu_enabled,side_area_uncovered_from_content,columns-4,qode-theme-ver-7.5,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.1,vc_responsive

Do You Have Too Many Chars?

do you have too many chars

07 Aug Do You Have Too Many Chars?

While working on adding some extra fields to an article in the EI via publicus.ini, I was having some issues deciding on what the field names should be called. I am adding quite a few fields so they need to be distinctive and I was tryyyying to be user friendly. While making a few changes in publicus.ini, I added some test data to the new fields in the EI, and it wouldn’t save. What the heck?! Not only would that particular story not save, none of my other stories would save! If I was in the EI, editing a story, on the “Edit” tab and tried to click on another tab or save the story I would get a popup error that said:

Something went wrong when saving the story data, but a backup of your data was made. You can try saving your data again or click ‘Cancel’ and then select the backup from the story list. (Error message: Exception EDatabaseError in module pbscedit.dll at 003611AE. String or binary data would be truncated. The statement has been terminated.)

First of all, what?! Second of all, my brain goes into overdrive thinking what the heck did I do wrong?? I did change my field names a couple of times and added data to those fields, only to change them to something else. Maybe there is some known rule that I am completely unaware of and I just broke Saxotech with my indecisive, “user-friendly” names. Now I am getting a little panicky. I broke my client’s EI, I probably broke all of Saxotech EI’s everywhere. I just bought down the news. News is no longer available to anyone. Ok, that may be an exaggeration, but it was early and I hadn’t had enough coffee yet.

I submitted a ticket to Saxo and it was discovered that my user friendly field name was completely database unfriendly. I was told at 34 characters, “SC_YouTubeWidget_HeaderDescription” exceeds the Varname column’s data type of VARCHAR(30) in table web.dbo.Artikkler_fields. I then shortened my field name and sweet relief, I am back in business. No more error, no more panic, news is now available to the masses.

Lesson Learned: When adding an extra field to an article via publicus.ini, make sure that the name is 30 characters or less.



Kara Noreika

Kara Noreika

Kara is a full-stack programmer with over 15 years of experience. She has a background in both design and programming which helps her provide right-brained solutions to left-brained problems. Kara has spoken as a technical expert regarding website accessibility to the Florida Bar and the Florida Realtor's Association. Experienced in HTML, CSS, JS, ReactJS, KnockoutJS, AJAX, PHP, Java, C#, Newscycle Digital, Polopoly, WordPress, Drupal, and more!
Kara Noreika