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From "Jens Maukisch" <>
Subject Cocoon Portal Engine Tools
Date Fri, 28 Jan 2005 11:02:04 GMT
As you all know, the new portal engine, while powerful in functionality has
been somewhat :-) lacking in tool support. So, because we know this is an
itch many people would like scratched, we've developed a basic
tool-framework for the cocoon portal-engine.
The idea behind the framework is that it should be easy to extend given and
plug-in new management tools for the portal engine. This could be tools e.g.
for user or coplet/layout management etc.

The portal tools framework offers a plugin architecture which allows you
easily to add new or remove unnecessary tools.
By using this architecture a developer can build step by step many small
tools (plugins). The framework provides easy access to all necessary portal
components and adds additional helpers e.g. for layout modifications. The
tools use current Cocoon technologies like Flow, CForms and JXTemplates.
As examples we've built a plugin to configure the portal layout for the user
(add/remove/move/configure Tabs/Rows/Cols/Coplets) and change the skin and a
plugin for some basic user management (gui prototype).

We have some documentation for the framework and the examples, too. Yes
really :-)
The initial version was submitted via a patch (a patch for changes in the
current portal and new files bundled as a zip, see Documentation can
be found on the Cocoon Wiki:

Freundliche Grüße / With kind regards

Jens Maukisch


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