Changes from Finder 2.0.1

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This page describes the changes that have been made from Finder 2.0.1 to convert it from being Joomla! 1.5 to 1.7+ compatible.

Back End Views

The back end has been simplified as Finder for Joomla! 1.7+ is being developed as a core extension. As such, all references to JXtended have been removed, to include the copyright footer and information views. The old modal view (About) has been renamed to Statistics and contains only the indexed data counts. The import/export configuration option has been removed. Lastly, the Adapters view has been removed as the plugins should be managed via the Plugin Manager.

Front End Layouts

The front end search layout and module have been redesigned to emulate the current com_search layouts. The internal logic to have overrides based on the content type (such as article or weblink) remains intact. Front end designers will only need to add the new classes and IDs to their CSS, which mostly is only changing "search" to "finder".

Plugin Events

Finder's plugin events have been converted to use the CMS's core content plugin events versus the custom events found in the 1.5 version. Third parties who have created their own Finder plugins will need to modify their plugins at a minimum to use these new events.

Changed Events

  • onChangeJoomlaCategory -> onContentBeforeSave & onContentAfterSave
  • onChangeJoomlaXXX (Article, Contact, etc.) -> onContentBeforeSave & onContentAfterSave for access level changes
  • onChangeJoomlaXXX (Article, Contact, etc.) -> onContentChangeState for state changes
  • onTrashJoomlaXXX (Article, Contact, etc.) -> onContentChangeState

New Events

  • onCategoryChangeState - called after a successful save event from com_categories to handle state changes on all items in a category (affects index state only)

Adapter Changes

The plugins, which extend FinderIndexerAdapter, have been lightened in terms of code by moving small functions to the adapter and adding new class variables which are used throughout the plugins and the base adapter.

New variables in FinderIndexerAdapter

  • $old_cataccess - The category's access level before saving changes (set in onContentBeforeSave events)
  • $old_access - The access level of an item before saving changes (set in onContentBeforeSave events)
  • $extension - The extension's name in "com_content" format

Moved functions from plugins to FinderIndexerAdapter

  • getURL - Function is no longer abstract, now accepts 3 parameters which dynamically set the item URL in the non-SEF format
  • translateState - Function is protected versus private, accepts the category's state as an optional parameter

Changes to FinderIndexerAdapter functions

  • change and remove functions - Optimized to work with a single item versus an array of items based on the plugin event structure; should be called in the plugin event's foreach loop