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R_JR_J Cheerleader & TroubleshooterMunich Moderator

There are some tasks I face more often when trying to write a plugin and I always have to search in order to get started. I do not want to write a full blown skeleton with each and every possibility, I favor a collection of useful snippets. That's why I've started this discussion where I will post some useful snippets without much explanation. Maybe some of you want to join in...



  • R_JR_J Cheerleader & Troubleshooter Munich Moderator

    First one is a skeleton for a page of the look and feel of a standard vanilla page

    public function VanillaController_MyPlugin_Create($Sender) {
       $Sender->MasterView = 'default';
       $Sender->AddCssFile('myplugin.css', 'plugins/MyPlugin');
       $Sender->SetData('Breadcrumbs', array(array('Name' => T('My Plugin'), 'Url' => '/vanilla/myplugin')));
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  • R_JR_J Cheerleader & Troubleshooter Munich Moderator

    I never posted any follow ups, but there are a lot of things I need more often...

    This one put at the end of a view will force a reload of the page after a popup has been closed.

    var myFunc = $.popup.close;
    $.popup.close = function () {
      myFunc.apply(this, arguments);

    Needful if you have a "edit" popup on a page and want the page to reload after you have made your changes

  • R_JR_J Cheerleader & Troubleshooter Munich Moderator
    edited December 2016

    Although using pluginController for the plugins setting screen is recommended, I prefer using the settingsController:

    A settings screen where you do some validations:

        public function settingsController_..._create($sender) {
            $sender->setData('Title', t('...'));
            $validation = new Gdn_Validation();
            $configurationModel = new Gdn_ConfigurationModel($validation);
            if ($sender->Form->authenticatedPostBack() === false) {
                // If form is displayed "unposted".
            } else {
                // Validate posted form.
                $sender->Form->validateRule('....Field1', 'ValidateRequired');
                $sender->Form->validateRule('....Field1', 'ValidateInteger');
                $sender->Form->validateRule('....Field2', 'ValidateRequired');
                // Enum validation.
                $field = (object)[];
                $field->Enum = ['Monday', 'Tuesday']; // etc
                $field->AllowNull = true;
                $sender->Form->validateRule('....Field3', ['Name' => 'ValidateEnum', 'Args' => $field]);
                // "Manual" errors:
                if (! some condition ) {
                            '....Field2' => [
                                'Any number of error messages',
                                'provided as an array'
                // Try saving values.
                if ($sender->Form->save() !== false) {
                        sprite('Check', 'InformSprite').t('Your settings have been saved.'),
                        ['CssClass' => 'Dismissable AutoDismiss HasSprite']
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