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Call out to the CakePHP community

Everyone knows CakePHP has one of the largest and most loyal communities in the Open Source world, over the last few months we have been witnessing some very disturbing things happening to one of our community members. Many of you may know Jonathan Freeman over at Widget Press he created some tools that have helped many people build applications using CakePHP. He has also been a target of a patent troll suing him for patent infringement. As a software developer I find the tactics of the software patent trolls to be one of the biggest hurdles of innovation in todays development market, too many people afraid to pursue an idea because they fear being sued by a company who had an idea and was not skillful enough to build something from that idea. What upsets me even more is these trolls target people or companies who do not have the funds to stand up to "Goliath" and defend themselves. Well today we as a community need to help one of our own standup and become a David facing Goliath. What I am proposing is helping Jonathan gather some "stones" in the form of small donations from our community. If we have enough people donate we might be able to help him arm himself to defeat the troll "Goliath". We (Cake Development Corporation) are putting up $1000.00 for his defense fund on behalf of the CakePHP project and I am asking people in our community to help also. You do not need to donate this amount or you can do more if you like, any amount will be useful. But let's come together like an unexpected force and help one of our own. You can get more information here Support Widget Press against U.S. Patent 7,822,816 Updated information, if you can not donate money to help Widget Press maybe you can help  via ArticleOne on twitter.com "We launched a Second Study around a #patent in the MacroSolve App Developer case, this time with $10,000 #Reward http://ow.ly/5tO9f"

Tags Plugin release v1.1

Following the release an update for our Utils Plugin, we've compiled a few commits that have been finalised on the Tags plugin, bundled it and packaged for release. The tags plugin, if you've not used it, is a great and simple plugin that allows you to apply tags to any object in your existing application without modification of tables or structure. Its unobtrusive, and awesome. This latest update takes it to v1.1 with the following changes:

  • Commit [79afb1d]: Update inline docs, and test behavior removal for #5
  • Commit [0d96881]: Renamed schema to work properly.
  • Commit [982ff5b]: Minor readme update.
  • Commit [edd0e8e]: updating readme
  • Commit [db78a26]: update russian translation plural forms
  • Commit [48c1a44]: Adding spanish translation
  • Commit [3347464]: Added Portuguese translation
  • Commit [f4c4e6b]: Adding german translation file
  • Commit [44379a7]: Update license text.
  • Commit [da433cb]: Cleaned up headers for all files.
  • Commit [8c76f95]: Renamed license and readme files.
  • Commit [6e6eae4]: Renamed license and readme files.
  • Commit [99f1e89]: Added an initial Russian translation
  • Commit [93a7ad6]: Documenting identifiers in tags and the new taggedCounter behavior option
  • Commit [0242a6e]: Adding assertion to ensure trailing whitspace is removed before saving the tag
  • Commit [2de4e80]: Fixing remaining failing test cases
  • Commit [d03e1a6]: Adding the ability to have a counterCache to track the times a record has been tagged with a particular tag
  • Commit [5527079]: Fixing bug in saving tags with identifiers prepended. Refactoring code to avoid repetetions
The tags plugin received a number of ticket submissions over on lighthouse app from the community. We can't thank you enough for taking the time to submit questions, issues and suggestions to the ticket system. Its helped us fix problems and extend the plugin to become an even more useful plugin for your apps. The release is available now on the master branch of the repository, or you can download a release archive here. We hope you enjoy the update!

Using the CakeDC Tags plugin for CakePHP

This is an introduction to using the CakeDC Tags plugin for CakePHP. I'll take you through a new project creation, and the addition of the Tags plugin to your project for use with tagging a Blog model on your project. You should be able to take the skills learnt here to any other project, and start taking advantage of the Tags plugin for tagging your models appropriately. Lets get started by baking a new project: cake bake project blog1 Follow the prompts to complete the baking operation. You will now have a "blog1" directory available. Change into that directory: cd blog1 ensure that the `tmp` directory is writable: chmod -R 777 tmp Open up the `config/database.php.default` file in your favourite editor. Immediately choose to "Save as..." and save the file in the same location omitting the ".default" part of the filename. So save the file as `config/database.php`. Configure the options at the bottom to match the database credentials for your application. Mine are as follows: <?php class DATABASE_CONFIG { var $default = array( 'driver' => 'mysql', 'persistent' => false, 'host' => 'localhost', 'login' => 'dev', 'password' => 'dev', 'database' => 'blog1', 'prefix' => '', ); } For the moment, I have remove the 'test' datasource, as we won't use that right now. Go ahead and create your MySQL database, and a simple table to hold blog items: CREATE DATABASE `blog1`; USE `blog1`; CREATE TABLE `blogs` ( `id` CHAR(36) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, `title` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL, `body` TEXT, `created` DATETIME, `modified` DATETIME ); Now lets bake the controller, model and views for this blogs table, in order to be able to add and edit content. Once this is complete, we'll begin integrating the tags plugin into the application. First bake the model: cake bake model blog Next bake the controller. The following bakes all the "public" actions for this controller: cake bake controller blog public And finally, the views: cake bake view all Browse around your application at the address: /blogs to begin with to ensure that your app is functioning correctly. You should be able to add, edit, delete and view blog entries. Time to get cracking on the Tags plugin. Our objective here is to tag each blog entry with an arbitrary tag at add / edit time to allow us to easily categorise content we are posting. In order to download and install the Tags plugin, I'll be using git. You can however download an archive from the github website, and extract that archive into your `APP/plugins` directory. In either case, the result will be a `tags` directory in your `APP/plugins` directory, containing the contents of the CakeDC tags plugin. From your `APP` directory (in this example, the APP directory is `blog1`), clone the tags repository: git clone git://github.com/CakeDC/tags.git plugins/tags The first thing that we need to do now that the Tags plugin has been added to our project, is to create the tables required to store the tag information. These are available in schema's and migrations within the Tags plugin, so you don't need to handle the SQL yourself, just use the cake console to create the tables for you: If you prefer using the builtin CakePHP schema mechanism, or you are not sure what the "migrations" plugin is, you can create the database tables like this: cake schema create schema -plugin tags -name tags If however, you are familiar with using the migrations plugin, or you want to use the migrations plugin for this project, add the migration plugin to your project, and then run the migrations: git clone git://github.com/CakeDC/migrations.git plugins/migrations cake migration -plugin tags all Either method is fine. Next up, we need to add the `Taggable` behavior from the `Tags` plugin to our model to enable all the awesome functionality. Add the following variable to your `Blog` model in `APP/models/blog.php`: public $actsAs = array( 'Tags.Taggable' ); Finally, we need to add a new input for the tags on our add and edit screens, to allow users to customise the tags they want for the blog posts. Simply add a new input called 'tags' to your forms, such as the following: echo $this->Form->input('tags', array('type' => 'text')); Note that this needs to be done for both your add and edit views. You can also make this be of type `textarea`, if you need gigantic amounts of tags. `text` is fine though, to allow a good number of tags, and to minimise the input space. This is all you need to do to enable your content to be tagged! Looking back at all the instructions so far, the bulk of the content has been on how to create a new project, bake the model, views and controller, and the addition of plugins. In terms of code addition, we've only added a behavior to the Blog model, and a new input to the add and edit views. To test your tagging, use a comma to separate your tags when using the tags input. Using a comma allows you to enable users to add multiple-word tags. What now!? You can tag stuff, thats pretty cool. You probably want to look up blog posts based on tags now. Thats already provided for you in the Tags Controller quick comes with the Tags plugin. Browse to `/tags` to see the tags controller index action from the tags plugin render all the tags that you have added to your blog so far. There is a whole lot more that you can do with tagging in terms of both operation and the visual representation of the tags themselves. Stay tuned for more blog articles explaining our plugins and other interesting PHP and CakePHP code from myself and the rest of the CakeDC team. UPDATE: An excellent guide on how to style the tags with CSS has been written by @WyriHaximus, check it out here.

Utils Plugin release v1.1

The Utils plugin is our mixed bag of "awesome". If you've not yet checked it out, definitely hop over to github to check it out. It aggregates a lot of useful code and miscellaneous ideas into a single plugin thats portable and dead easy to use in your applications. Since its release in September, we've made a few changes and updates, and we've bundled a new version for release. Here's a summary of the commits:

  • Commit [7bdf401]: Update license and readme.
  • Commit [e7630bd]: Added tests for data retrieval and false return from model delete.
  • Commit [8510fe4]: Updated documentation for Soft Delete tests.
  • Commit [f7d9983]: Removed empty test file.
  • Commit [c5db61b]: Changed the behavior saving the position manipulation without running model callbacks and validation by default. This is now also configureable by setting 'callbacks' and 'validate' in the behavior settings to true/false.
  • Commit [ca98003]: updating readme
  • Commit [edc6576]: updating readme
  • Commit [da6ec86]: Add a russian translation
  • Commit [a2319ca]: Adding spanish translation
  • Commit [752f1d7]: Added a Portuguese translation
The release is available now on the master branch of the repository, or you can download a release archive here. Don't forget if you have any issues, suggestions or fixes for the utils plugin, you can lodge a ticket on the ticket tracker at LighthouseApp. Enjoy!

CakeDC Plugins updates, October 2010

Its been a little while since we launched our plugins at CakeFest 2010 to the community, and a few things have been changed and updated in that time, so its time to throw out a new release for the community. We have received a huge response after opening our code to the community, and we're absolutely thrilled to know that you're taking advantage of the experience and effort that CakeDC has put into making these plugins. Getting feedback and hearing stories about usage makes it all worthwhile. The team has been monitoring tickets, and cleaning up where we can in-between "real work" :) Thanks to everyone that lodged tickets, submitted patches, we're overwhelmed with the generosity that people have shown by contributing to help benefit the community and to further the work we began. This blog marks the beginning of a run of updates we're doing with the plugins that have been released. We'll process tickets, package and release new versions every couple of weeks to ensure we're on top of tickets, and getting any updates published for people to use on a regular basis. We hope you enjoy the upcoming releases, and thanks again for the support! From all the team at CakeDC.

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