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Thread began 8/26/2009 9:43 pm by tom250037 | Last modified 8/27/2009 1:53 pm by tom250037 | 352 views | 3 replies |

tom250037Beta Tester

includes folders

One of the things I do not like about WA extensions, is that each one creates its own includes folder in the site root. So, if I have data assist, universal email, ecart, menus etc all in the same site, then I have 5 or 6 includes folders all starting with WA_and then the name of the extension.
This really clutters up the site, and looks bad. It would be so much better if you could put everything inside of a parent includes folder (please just 'includes' not something like 'WA_includes'). I end up doing this manually, but then have to do a find and replace on every file and change the path, and then worst of all, the server behaviors are no longer recognized.

I realize this late in the game, it is probably a major problem to change, but is it possible?
Maybe change the paths so that it puts all new applications inside of a parent includes folder, but recognizes the SB, no matter where it is?

What do you think?

Thanks.
Tom

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Dave BuchholzBeta Tester

Tom,

A piece of advice, don't fight where the files are put, I have been through this and it is not worth it. The client does not care what the folder structure of the site looks like or what tools you use as long as the site works and looks like they intended.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

It is not a bad suggestion, but would be quite a bit of work with probably little real benefit as Dave points out.

We are in the process of combining and consolodating products, so it might become an easier endeavor once that is complete.

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tom250037Beta Tester

Yes, I have been through this in the past, so its not worth fighting for, I did want to use this new forum area to bring it again to WA's attention.
I was a hand php coder for many years, and started using tools like interakts old stuff, and Webassists tools to speed up my workflow. I still often find that manually tweaking the code, and mixing my oen code with Webassist's is necessary to get the job done, but these tools have sure drastically sped up my work flow.
With that being said, most of the programming I do if for other web designers who hire me to do the dynamic stuff. They have complained in the past about all the extra folders in there, and I agree. I guess its my old school programmer side coming through, but it grates on me to see a cluttered file structure.
It doesn't grate enough on me to not use the tools, but it sure would be nice if we could have some control over file placement.
A totally acceptable solution would be for the server behaviors still be recognized and editable after the includes files have been manually moved.

Ray, you mentioned something about integrating some of your stuff into a larger package. I would certainly buy that, even if it duplicated a lot of the functionality of the super suite I have, if the includes folder structure were changed.

Anyway, I appreciate the chance to air some of my ideas. While they may not be a big deal to a large percentage of your users, they are to me.

Thanks!
Tom

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