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Framework with DataAssist

Thread began 8/16/2010 10:37 pm by Brad Lawryk | Last modified 9/03/2011 10:08 pm by neo314 | 1215 views | 4 replies |

Brad Lawryk

Framework with DataAssist

Is there any documentation on the proper workflow to use DataAssist within the Framework?

Is any or both of these correct?

1: Use as always have before, just select what template you want the forms in as usual?

2: Build the forms without inserting them into templates and include them in a page as a plugin?

3: Other workflow

Sorry, but I cannot find any documentation on this.

Brad

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I guess it depends on whether you are using the dataAssist pages as plugins or theme pages, or both, and why you are using themes or plugins.

1 and 2 from your example should work. 1 would be when using themes, and 2 would be for using plugins.

If you are trying to take full advantage of both themes and plugins in your site, then you would probably already have pages created with a theme, and pages based on your theme template and you'll want to plugin the data-assist forms into the content regions... this would mean you want to use 2.

The dataassist wizard isn't really designed with plugins in mind... which shouldn't be surprising since framework builder just came out. The server behaviors are flexible enough be applied properly to work with plugins, but by default dataassist wizard is really designed for a specific scenario because it sets things like links and redirects to the page names it creates... since the pages could now actually be plugged in from other pages.

The wizard will set the redirect pages to the plugin page, since it won't know you are using it in a plugin context, which means you will have to update the page redirects in the various server behaviors and links on the resulting pages to go to the page it was plugged into instead of the plugin page itself before it will work correctly as a plugin after running the wizard.

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Brad Lawryk

Ok, so my current workflow should work.

1: Create my template
2: Convert it to a theme
3: Use Data Assist as I always have and just select the template in the DA UI

Correct? So nothing changes from the old way of using DA with templates?

Brad

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Yes, that should work.

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neo314

Originally Said By: Brad Lawryk
  Ok, so my current workflow should work.

1: Create my template
2: Convert it to a theme
3: Use Data Assist as I always have and just select the template in the DA UI

Correct? So nothing changes from the old way of using DA with templates?

Brad  



4: Apply Theme [Always] check all pages that use this template to convert all the DA pages to the theme.

Hi Ray, I hope this workflow will be improved in the next DA release. If you can't select the theme in DA, at least make it possible to create the pages with no theme and apply the theme to the pages after they are created. Why do I need to create the page with a template to use the theme instead of just selecting the theme to apply.

I find DA is faster and less prone to errors if a complex template is not applied to the page before DA.

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