zRSSFeed unable to load feeds with GET Parameters

zRSSFeed is a nice little RSS Reader for jQuery which uses Google’s Feeds API to parse the RSS Feed.

However if your RSS URL contains required GET variables you’ll find zRSSFeed will just display: “Feed could not be loaded.” – Or similar (if you’ve changed the default error message). There is however a really easy fix, although you will probably want to make the change in the non-minified version of the source and then re-minify. Change line 46 from:

var api = "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/feed/load?v=1.0&callback=?&q=" + url;


var api = "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/feed/load?v=1.0&callback=?&q=" + encodeURIComponent(url);

This encodes the URL to allow it to be embedded as a GET parameter. (See MDN for more info…)


Another thing I noticed with zRSSFeed is it won’t load the feed from Google over SSL if your site is using https. However this is easily fixed just modify the same line as above, from:

var api = "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/feed/load?v=1.0&callback=?&q=" + encodeURIComponent(url);


var api = location.protocol + "//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/feed/load?v=1.0&callback=?&q=" + encodeURIComponent(url);

Update to sdInteractiveChartPlugin for Symfony PHP

sdInteractiveChartPlugin has been updated to version to 0.3 to fix two little issues:

  • Symfonys sfOutputEscaperArrayDecorator objects can now be passed directly to the charting plugin and it will correctly format the values from the object.
  • Added support for automatically loading the Javascript files over https if the page request is over SSL.

More info and the download for the plugin can be found here:


“b[0] is undefined” error when using Google’s Visualization API

When playing around with google’s visualization API I came across the following error, which just appeared in the place of lovely colourful chart. No javascript errors were thrown or anything else.

b[0] is undefined

After searching the internet a bit I did not manage to find any answers, at which point I decided it was time to change values passed to the API at random and see when it started working.

The Fix:

It turns out is was the width and height properties it didn’t like, apparently they were too small?!?

Original Code:

function drawVisualization() {
var data = new google.visualization.DataTable();
 data.addColumn('string', 'fruit');
 data.addColumn('number', 'quantity');
 data.setValue(0, 0, 'Oranges');
 data.setValue(0, 1, 3);
 data.setValue(1, 0, 'Bananas');
 data.setValue(1, 1, 4);
 data.setValue(2, 0, 'Grapes');
 data.setValue(2, 1, 2);
 data.setValue(3, 0, 'Apples');
 data.setValue(3, 1, 6);
 var chart = new google.visualization.BarChart(document.getElementById('visualization'));
 chart.draw(data, {width: 150, height: 200, title: 'Fruit',
 vAxis: {title: 'Type of Fruit', titleTextStyle: {color: 'blue'}}

When I modified width and height values I gave to the draw function (as so):

chart.draw(data, {width: 190, height: 200, title: 'Fruit',
 vAxis: {title: 'Type of Fruit', titleTextStyle: {color: 'blue'}}

It started working again. Not quite sure why setting small sizes on the charts causes this, or why it only produces are fairly useless error message.

By the way: At first I was just testing out the API using Googles Code Playground, which is quite smart!

Any way this is how my chart looked after the fix (and I bit more resizing)

Flat image of bar graph created using Google's Visualization API

Flat image of bar graph created using Google's Visualization API