Developing in MODx

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Developing in MODx

  1. 1. Power Developing Extras For MODx Revolution
  2. 2. Coming to Terms with Terminology • “Extra” - Anything coded for MODx. Also called ‘Component’, ‘3PC’, or 3rd Party Component • “Add-On” - Anything that doesn’t extend core but ‘adds’ functionality • “Core Extension” - Anything that extends the core
  3. 3. Coming to Terms with Terminology • ‘CMP’ - Custom Manager Page • ‘Lexicon’ - A collection of translation entries, or strings • ‘Namespace’ - A unique name identifying your Component
  4. 4. The Power of Extras • Develop custom web applications • Courseware, amazon gallery systems, web service integrations, ecommerce tools • Create Transport Packages to deploy anywhere and to anyone • Internationalization support readily available • Use the power of xPDO to access custom tables • Custom Manager Pages to have your own rich, ExtJS (or other library) powered manager UIs
  5. 5. Two Methods of Dev • Method One: Develop for myself • Easy - same way as Evolution • Can use new API, no need to add build script • Cannot be distributed with Package Management
  6. 6. Two Methods of Dev • Method Two: Building a Transport Package • Makes for easy point-click installs • Can be distributed via Package Management • Allows others to use it easily
  7. 7. The Namespace • A unique identifier of your Component • Related to Settings, Lexicons, CMPs • Namespace path tells MODx where CMP is • Think of it like the house your Component is built in
  8. 8. Lexicons for Internationalization • Lexicons allow your components to translate • $modx->lexicon(‘entry_name’); • Separated into topics. Loaded by: $modx- >lexicon->load(‘namespace:topic’); • Tied to Namespaces
  9. 9. Custom Settings • Settings can be dynamically added • You can package in settings • System -> Context -> User
  10. 10. Custom Manager Pages • Also called ‘CMPs’ • Replaces Modules • Access to MODx API • Can either embed your script in a MODx page or load it completely alone
  11. 11. CMPs: Actions and Menus • An Action is a controller - a database representation of a php file • A Menu is a menu item for the top nav • Menus attach to an action • Menus can use lexicon entries
  12. 12. Properties and Property Sets • Any tag can now have properties • Tags can be nested with properties • Common Properties can be grouped into Property Sets • Default properties can be set for any Element
  13. 13. Case Studies: The Wine Guide • by Digital Butter Limited • Custom Manager Pages • Custom DB tables • Language-specific Contexts • CSV imports/exports
  14. 14. Case Studies: The License Coach • by Collabpad • Dynamic Courseware System • Enrollments, Courses, Chapters, Modules, Quizzes, Dynamic Questions • Enrollments/Courses can be restricted to Branches • Signup via website, tracking, heavy reporting, time tracking, etc • Course Plans to assess risk/progress of students throughout course • Heavy CMP usage - trees, grids, TinyMCE integration
  15. 15. Example Component: Doodles • Objectives: Display a list of Doodles that are loaded from an external DB table • Have a backend mgr UI in ExtJS to edit them with • Make it translated via Lexicons • Have a Transport Package (TP) to distribute with

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