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reordering comments in a discussion - passing data to themes/comments.php

edited November 2007 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
Hi everyone,
I'm trying to figure out how I could reorder comments for a possible Threaded Discussions addon. I need to put a child comment under its parent comment.
I realised that it can only be done with tweaking the db query since the control CommentGrid sends themes/comments.php the data through $this->CommentData that is a db resource.
That's quite annoying because I don't have a way to reorder this $this->CommentData thing. What would have been easy is to send themes/comments.php an array with the comments data, because an array is sortable.

Any idea on this?


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    Isnt there a delegate in the class which collects the comment data? You could hook into that and add a sort query to the DB call?
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    First, I must tell you a bit about the data structure. I read MySchizoBuddy's docs and choosed to add a field for each comment to know its parent comment (I could give you my reasons to do so, not here). Knowing this, there's no simple way to retrieve the tree of comments with a single query.
    What I did in my draft is a new query, distinct from the original one. Then its result is post-processed with php.
    After that I wanted to save some processing and try to grab results from the original one.
    After a better understanding of the framework, I realise that the result of the query stays in its black box until the theme file analyses it. So I can't act on it. I'm a bit stuck here.
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    Some update:
    1) I understand it yet a bit better. This morning I had a revelation. Well, I know, it's "basic Vanilla" internals, but that was not clear to me until today.

    You know what: Theme files have their delegates too, but the delegation class is the class that includes them,and that's why we have
    // Note: This file is included from the library/Vanilla/Vanilla.Control...
    The first example in the docs uses this fact but I thought it could deserve a section.

    2) so my reordering problem could be solved inserting a new delegate call in themes/comments.php
    while ($Row = $this->Context->Database->GetRow($this->CommentData)) {
    $Result = array(); while ($Row = $this->Context->Database->GetRow($this->CommentData)) { $Result[] = $Row; } $this->DelegateParameters['CommentResult'] = &$Result; $this->CallDelegate('PreCommentLoop'); foreach ( $Result as $Row ) { //...
    This works well for me, I'll try to benchmark a bit if someone asks me.

    3) But I realised that there's a pagination problem too. I need to scan every
    posts in a discussion to build my tree. I'm gonna investigate to see if I can
    force the query to fetch every post.
    Then, during my array processing, I'll try 'paginate-back' excluding the posts I don't need in the page.
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    Any delegation that you need can be added.

    When your extension is working, give use the list of delegation you have added.

    If delegations can't help you, that there is too much changed, remember that Vanilla can use a modified CommentGrid class instead of the default one:
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    I already tried to set another reference for the CommentGrid class, but then I realised that the loop has been coded in the themes/comments.php file.
    I guess I cannot override what is coded in the theme file with a modified CommentGrid class, am I wrong ?

    I'd like to make my extension theme independant. That's why I thought about this transformation from a MySQL result to an array. If not possible, I'll bundle a modified themes/comments.php file and a way to update a custom themes/comments.php file in my addon.

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    If you create your own class you don't have to use the theme file, you can use your own.
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    Ok, I'll try to use my own class, overriding only the Render function. And I'll bundle my themes/comments.php and give some hints for modifying a custom themes/comments.php.
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    I begin to see the light, just one last question:
    It seems that I needed precautions for using ObjectFactory->SetReference. Are they really needed? Did I miss something?
    if ( ! class_exists( 'CommentGrid' )) include( $Context->Configuration['LIBRARY_PATH'] . 'Vanilla/Vanilla.Control.CommentGrid.php' ); if ( ! class_exists( 'ThreadedCommentGrid' )) include('inc/ThreadedCommentGrid.class.php'); $Context->ObjectFactory->SetReference( 'CommentGrid', 'ThreadedCommentGrid' );
    Thanks "mountains-man".
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    edited November 2007
    I usually do like that:
    if(!defined('IN_VANILLA')) exit(); require_once($Context->Configuration['LIBRARY_PATH'] . 'Vanilla/Vanilla.Control.CommentGrid.php'); class ThreadedCommentGrid extends CommentGrid { ... }
    Then in default.php: include('inc/ThreadedCommentGrid.class.php'); $Context->ObjectFactory->SetReference( 'CommentGrid', 'ThreadedCommentGrid' );
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