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Functional tests with the CFWheels testing framework

We're doing some functions tests for cfwheels even though the main docs - http://code.google.com/p/cfwheels/wiki/TestingFramework - have only controller, model, view. Trying to test our showUserText() function alone failed because it was telling me it doesn't know anything about other functions it calls that are in fact core to CFWheels (stripTags, in this case).

Capture all sent mail locally with Postfix

For development, you don't want any e-mail sent to the outside world, but you do want to be able to see all mail your sites or application try to send. Here is a configuration of Postfix to do that.

The trick is to BCC everything to a local user, and discard without error any other sending.

This is based on several guides and Q&As online but well, none of them worked for me, so here's exactly what i did (minus all the missteps).

CFWheels DBMigrate plugin

Started with http://code.google.com/p/cfwheels-dbmigrate/ which last released 0.6 in October 2010.
Now trying the 0.8.2 release of its fork on Github, https://github.com/charliecochran/cfwheels-dbmigrate-plugin

Command line Git on Windows

A principal at Agaric regrettably uses Microsoft Windows as a primary operating system. In fact, though, everything works great for him using the open source integrated development environment Eclipse to develop, including using the eGit plugin-- except when something goes wrong, and my (limited) command line knowledge of Git is useless to help him.

Fortunately, it turns out to be pretty easy to have command-line Git on Windows with Eclipse, it just isn't well documented.

Show main menu links in the admin menu

<?php
/**
* Alter the admin menu to show main menu links there also (for admin pages).
*/
function example_admin_menu_output_alter(&$content) {
 
// Retrieve the Main menu link tree.
 
$tree = menu_build_tree('main-menu');
 
$links = admin_menu_links_menu($tree);
  if (!empty(
$links)) {
   
// Fake out a top-level main menu link.
   
$links['#title'] = t('Main menu');
   
$links['#href'] = '<front>';
   
$links['#options'] = array(
     
'alias' => true,
    );
   
$links['#weight'] = 100;
   
debug($links);
   
$content['menu']['main_menu'] = $links;
  }
}
?>

Undo Drupal's over-aggressive shortening of user names

And use a real ellipses!

Drupal's theme_username() is used many places within Drupal, and shortens any name over 20 characters, which can be a lot if you encourage people to use full names. This can be undone with a preprocess function in your module or theme, just replace EXAMPLE with your module or theme name.

Maintaining a Drupal project with Git: Vacating the master branch

If you've already been committing code to master, do this to start a new 7.x branch and kill off the code in the master branch so noone gets confused.

cd /path/to/repo
git checkout -b 7.x-1.x

git push origin 7.x-1.x

git checkout master
git rm -r *
echo "Real code is not kept on the master branch, to see the code: git checkout 7.x-1.x" > README.txt
git add README.txt
git commit -m "Add a README explaining that the master branch is empty."
git push origin master

Define and Use a JQuery Plugin as a Helper Function for Drupal JavaScript

Here's the basics of defining and using a JQuery plugin within the context of Drupal.

This is definitely not the best and highest use of a plugin, and may in fact be a downright abomination-- this isn't a plugin that really works outside the context of the code it is written for, and certainly not outside Drupal. But it was a clean way to abstract out 42 lines of code, so here it is, for the enjoyment of all.

The first part here is simply how to call JQuery from Drupal, the second part is the plugin.

How to fetch a file at a URL and set it as the default image in an image field

There's two separate cool things here that you might want to do. One, simply know how to save a file from a URL (there's a secret Drupal function for that in system module) and two, how to give an image field a default image when creating it programmatically (that part is outsourced to the fieldhelp module).

Using Views DataSource and Feeds to pull content from one site to another... with multiple images

Disclaimer: This is a should-be-deprecated approach, both Views DataSource and Feeds can be replaced with better options, such as Services or RestWS to Rules and Rules XPath Parser. But this approach basically works now.

On the source site.

Making Views Datasource Output multiple values for an image

drush dl image_url_formatter
drush -y en image_url_formatter

Configure the View to use it for the desired image field ("Image URL" instead of "Image").

/admin/structure/views/view/yourview_xml/edit

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