Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

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Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby paulmason411 » Wed May 13, 2009 5:26 am

Hi Guys,

I am using the 'accordion menu apple style' plugin, and can access it by typing the following in an articels text box:

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{Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}
<a href="http://www.site1.com">Clothing</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Shirts</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Shorts</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Pants</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Skirts</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Dresses</a>
<a href="http://www.site1.com">Accessories</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Shirts</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Shorts</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Pants</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Skirts</a>
- <a href="http://www.site1.com">Dresses</a>
<a href="http://www.site1.com">Jewellery</a>
{/Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}


I want to try and use this style for the virtuemart category menu. I am new to the Joomla 1.5 Framework and am not sure how to call a plugin within php. If I try adding that {Accordion_Menu_Apple_style} into the php i get a syntax error.

Has anyone come across this before, or have a similar solution?

Cheers,
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby paulmason411 » Thu May 14, 2009 7:16 am

Did I post this in the wrong forum category, or do I need to explain it better? Please let me know. Thanks.
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby dam-man » Thu May 14, 2009 7:55 am

I don't know it thjis is working.
Is this just a PHP file or are you creating a component?
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby paulmason411 » Mon May 18, 2009 3:52 am

The php file i want to edit is a component. It's the virtuemart component. Basically I want to get the same effect of using the plugin braces {} in a textbox but in a php file.

So if {plugin_test} hello world {/plugin_test} rendered out to <table id='plugin_test'> hello world </table> then how do i get those same results in a joomla php file. I'm guesing it would be something like plugin['plugin_test'].input('hello world'); I'm just not familiar with the syntax of the joomla 1.5 framework.

Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby meloman » Mon May 18, 2009 11:21 am

Your extension need to output the same code the plugin understand

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echo '{Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';
 ....
echo '{/Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';


...then the plugin should work.
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby paulmason411 » Wed May 20, 2009 1:04 pm

meloman wrote:Your extension need to output the same code the plugin understand

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echo '{Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';
 ....
echo '{/Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';


...then the plugin should work.


When I echo '{Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}'; it just prints {Accordion_Menu_Apple_style} straight to the html. Do i need to import a file to render a {plugin} in the echo statement?

Can anyone hear use the Joomla API or point me in the right direction. I've been to this page: http://api.joomla.org/li_Joomla-Framework.html and I can't see an efficient way to learn from it. I have to read through class by class and the descriptions don't explain things very well.
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby meloman » Wed May 20, 2009 11:10 pm

Hmmm... I thought the plugin would catch the {Accordion_Menu_Apple_style} and replace it with the appropriate code. Maybe the plugin don't process the code from the modules. I'm not an expert in plugin, maybe someone else can help you with that problem! :(
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby ooffick » Thu May 21, 2009 12:09 pm

Hi, You will need to trigger the event to call the plugin as well.

In your case, I believe this would be something like this:

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global $mainframe;

$content = '{Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';
$content .= '<a href="http://www.site1.com">Shirts</a>';
/*... */
$content .= '{/Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';

$article = new stdClass();
$article->text = $content;
$dispatcher   =& JDispatcher::getInstance();
JPluginHelper::importPlugin('content');
$limitstart = 0;
$params = array();
$results  = $dispatcher->trigger('onPrepareContent', array (& $article, & $params, $limitstart));
echo $article->text;
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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby ianmac » Thu May 21, 2009 3:29 pm

ooffick wrote:Hi, You will need to trigger the event to call the plugin as well.

In your case, I believe this would be something like this:

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global $mainframe;

$content = '{Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';
$content .= '<a href="http://www.site1.com">Shirts</a>';
/*... */
$content .= '{/Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';

$article = new stdClass();
$article->text = $content;
$dispatcher   =& JDispatcher::getInstance();
JPluginHelper::importPlugin('content');
$limitstart = 0;
$params = array();
$results  = $dispatcher->trigger('onPrepareContent', array (& $article, & $params, $limitstart));
echo $article->text;



Hmm... that's one way to do it...

I'd probably do something more like:

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$content = '{Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';
$content .= '<a href="http://www.site1.com">Shirts</a>';
/*... */
$content .= '{/Accordion_Menu_Apple_style}';
$content = JHTML::_('content.prepare', $content);


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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby juicyfruit » Wed May 27, 2009 3:14 pm

Hi,

hope someone can help.

I'm using:
- joomla 1.5.
- jumi 2.1
- plugin_googlemap_J15.2.12i

I'm using jumi. I assume it's similiar to calling the plugin via a php file.

I am trying to call the plugin {mosmap} from

tech.reumer.net

ie. google maps


I have got

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$mosmapCall = '{mosmap address='1 pitt st, 2000, sydney, South Australia,Australia'} ;

$mosmapCall = JHTML::_('plugin_googlemap2.prepare', $mosmapCall);


Am I missing something?

All that results is that the text gets displayed.

thanks in advance.

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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby ianmac » Wed May 27, 2009 3:42 pm

juicyfruit wrote:Hi,

hope someone can help.

I'm using:
- joomla 1.5.
- jumi 2.1
- plugin_googlemap_J15.2.12i

I'm using jumi. I assume it's similiar to calling the plugin via a php file.

I am trying to call the plugin {mosmap} from

tech.reumer.net

ie. google maps


I have got

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$mosmapCall = '{mosmap address='1 pitt st, 2000, sydney, South Australia,Australia'} ;

$mosmapCall = JHTML::_('plugin_googlemap2.prepare', $mosmapCall);


Am I missing something?

All that results is that the text gets displayed.

thanks in advance.

Yes... there is no such class as JHTMLPlugin_googlemap2
it should be:
JHTML::_('content.prepare', $mosmapCall);

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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby juicyfruit » Wed May 27, 2009 11:05 pm

Thankyou Ian for responding.

It really helped. ;-)

The code in jumi that was working is as follows:

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<?php

echo "hello world!";

$mosmapCall = '{mosmap}' ;

$mosmapCall = JHTML::_('content.prepare', $mosmapCall);

echo $mosmapCall;

?>

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Re: Calling a {Plugin} in PHP code

Postby paulmason411 » Fri May 29, 2009 3:41 am

Thanks Olaf & Ian,

Both solutions worked!

Just one more quick question:

If I were to find these solutions using the documentation provided by Joomla where would I look. Is there a problem solving process you can explain to this solution. The more detail the better (such as using api's, debugging etc.).

Thanks again,
Paul
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