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Using Joomla logging to easily debug MySQL issues

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Sometimes, you might have operations like crons running PHP scripts behind the scenes. If there are any errors in it, it can become difficult to debug them since they might not affect the entire website. Whether you are doing this with any PHP framework or in a Joomla component, logging can help you debug such issues. Here is how you can use Joomla...
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Programatically delete Zoo items

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While developing a custom frontend for Authors to manage their own content, we needed to let them delete their own items. The Quick & Dirty way of doing this is by executing some delete queries on zoo related tables. But that's not the right & elegant way to do it.

The right way is to use the Zoo API & do this in 3-4 lines of code against 20-30 lines of the dirty code.

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Developing a Payment Plugin For HikaShop

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Recently, we had a chance to develop a Payment gateway plugin for HikaShop. We thought this would be a good chance to share a small overview with everyone!

Let's Get started. 

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Adding sidebar filters in your extension Joomla 3.0 style

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Joomla 3.0 introduces an awesome Bootstrapped UI in the backend. As part of the standardization introduced to make Joomla easier for end users, its expected that list filters are shown on the left. Its imperative that you get your extensions to start following this UI standardization or your extension will stick out like a sore thumb! Here's a blog...
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How to Copy Zoo Items programmatically

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In our last Post in the Zoo series, we looked at deleting records programmatically. Copying zoo item is not as easy as deleting records. You should have all the details including the zoo category of the zoo item which you want to copy. First, you should have all data of a zoo record. We have used the item API which gives zoo item's data & getRelatedCategoryIds which tells the relation of a zoo item to the categories.

Let's get the zoo records data first

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Rolling out CSS/JavaScript changes with heavy browser caching

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Most of us have been in this scenario. We have spent hours tweaking our Joomla site using numerous tools like Google Page Speed, YSlow and made those adjustments to shelve those important milliseconds from page load times. You've added gzip, Joomla caching and also enabled month long caching via the .htaccess file. The site now works fast. Cool!

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Sneak peek at the upcoming JBolo 3.0 dashboard

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Check out new dashboard for upcoming JBolo 3.0 that will be supporting group chat! 
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Automating multiple extension translation management using the Transifex client and a shell script

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We've been using Transifex for more than a year now, and quite happy with the way crowdsourcing can help enrich the reach of your extensions. However, updating all the resources for all the extensions was a painful task and something everyone wanted to avoid. The tx-client eases some pain by allowing easy pushes & pulls of source files & translations. However, the tx-client relies on a 'config' file to be updated with all the resource slugs. With so many extensions and also with so many plugin language files getting added regularly, it's a tough task to keep on updating the config file.

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Deploying Joomla projects using GIT

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Over the years we've been using various methods to deploy websites to servers. FTP is everyone's first love and hot favourite. But when GIT came along and we started using that our VCS of choice it became increasingly evident that we can use it for deployment too. The biggest challenge here was managing the database.  Because of the way new table c...
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Zoo - Creating an address field element

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Here's a short tutorial on creating a Zoo element that has multiple sub-fields. A good example for the same, which we've also used as a sample is an address field. An address field will typically have different parts such as city, zip, state etc. I assume you have already gone through the zoo documentation on creating a new custom element - http://...
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JBolo 3.0 beta 1 is here for Testing & it's free to download!

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JBolo Beta 1 with Group Chat is here!  This version brings most awaited group chat feature to current JBolo. This blog will give you a quick overview of what to expect from JBolo 3.0 beta release. There's this & plenty more under the hood including an API based architecture which will allow us to release mobile apps for JBolo in the near future.

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Creating your own ajax popups and actions in Jomsocial

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Everyone using Jomsocial like how they show those nice popup windows when you add friends, send a message or join a group.

In a project where you integrate more features or other extensions into Jomsocial, it's important to use the same look and feel for the popups so that there is a consistent look throughout the site. With Jomsocial's plugin architecture it is possible to add your own popups and actions. We're demonstrating here an example, which allows you to group your friends as Friends/Family/Acquaintances etc

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How to use two layouts from the same view for two submenus

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Have you ever came across a situation, when working on a Joomla component- you need two sub-menus to be shown in admin backend which belong to same view and different layouts?
If yes, then you must have noticed that this does not work as expected. 
 
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Rendering Zoo Records flexibly - Example with Record lists

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Rendering a List view of Zoo items using Code

 

Zoo is one of the most versatile CCK extensions available in Joomla. It's flexible & at the same time easy to use for end users. In spite of these positive points, there are times when you have to dive into development & Zoo APIs to develop your own custom views.

In this particular case, we wanted to develop a List/Grid view with Zoo ( of a particular Content Type)  which showed all Zoo attributes in a table view for easier data viewing on the frontend for content managers. In this blog, we will tell you just how to go about doing that

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Adding Custom Fields to Joomla Categories in Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.0

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We recently had a special case scenario where we had to develop a Quick2Cart plugin to sell Joomla Categories.  We were consistently hitting a wall trying to show our custom fieldset for Quick2Cart in the Joomla Category Add/Edit view. We already have a content plugin for this which shows Quick2Cart in Joomla content items. But it simply wasn't wor...
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