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Rendering modules and widgets...


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2 August 2007 at 3:20pm (Last edited: 2 August 2007 3:21pm), Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

One other question: with your blog module at the moment there are Widget, WidgetArea and WidgetAreaEditor classes inside there, along with it's associated templates.

Are you just putting them into the blog code for now, so later on they will be placed back into the core? It all looks good and fine to me the way you've done it. Looks rather simple in fact. :-)

By the looks of it, I just made myself 'CoolWidget.php', dropped it into the code with some default $title and $description variables - and had myself a widget that popped up into the Widgets tab on the BlogHolder class. Fantastic!

Another question:

BlogHolder.php (line 19):
$fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Widgets", new WidgetAreaEditor("SideBar"));

Is there not a way to automatically have these widgets included on all pages, so we don't have to create a new field to apply widgets to (on a class-by-class basis)? I guess you're always going to need a place to tell it where to apply the widgets to, for this example you're rendering into $SideBar for all the widgets, I take it? Is it possible to abstract this even more, or is it best we just let the site developer apply this field to whether they deem appropriate?

Great work Jeremy and Andy!



2 August 2007 at 3:59pm Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

Actually, now that I see it the code Andy made for dollar variables would work well enough for now.

Having it more abstracted to call a widget anywhere is something we can do in the future.

Great work guys!



2 August 2007 at 4:13pm Google Summer of Code Hacker, 76 Posts

Are the widget functions only usable with blog module ?

Curious to test the integration of mashups with widgets...


2 August 2007 at 7:33pm (Last edited: 2 August 2007 7:34pm), Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

During our testing at the moment they are, but we're working to make this widget interface something everyone can use. We'll let you know when it's released.



4 August 2007 at 4:44am Google Summer of Code Hacker, 76 Posts

I was able to play around with the Widget code on the trunk and it works great! Love the simplicity of the implementation.

I think making widgets available from SiteTree, along with a global widget area editor would be nice.


4 August 2007 at 11:46am (Last edited: 4 August 2007 12:29pm), Google Summer of Code Hacker, 76 Posts

I know widget editor area is still brewing, so thought of sharing few suggestions to make it more sexy ;)

1. Widget Drag and Drop - Its better to highlight the drop target and create a new instance of drag object while keeping the original object intact. Look at this [url=]demo[/url] at mootools (

2. Ability to configure each widget - I think this is essential. Users should be able to add configuration information using a simple configuration dialog. For example he should be able to configure FlickrWidget with tags, number of photos to show etc.


6 August 2007 at 12:13pm 230 Posts

The widgets are configurable - I've emailed you the FlickWidget I created based on the mashups code as an example.


6 August 2007 at 9:42pm (Last edited: 6 August 2007 9:46pm), Google Summer of Code Hacker, 76 Posts

Thanks for the sample.

I was playing with the widgets on a custom theme and I found having a "container div" around the widget would be make styling much easier.

This could be done by changing to :
<div class="widgetHolder">
Another option is to make the widget area as an unordered list.