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Developing a MVC Component/Using the Database

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Revision as of 07:11, 2 August 2009 by M.A.S.H (Talk | contribs)

Although it is mentioned in the article, I think it is important to underline where the install.sql and uninstall.sql files have to be placed:

install.sql and uninstall.sql files have to be mentioned in two places:

  • In one of the file sections. For example:
  <files folder="admin">
  • In the install / uninstall sections.

Of course, the files have to be copied in the correct folder (in the example, it should be the admin folder).

When data is read from a database, it can be retrieved in the class constructor:

  // The constructor accesses the database, and retrieves all properties.
  function __construct($config = array()) {
     parent::__construct($config);           // To transmit configuration to parent class.
     $db =& JFactory::getDBO();             
     $query = 'SELECT greeting FROM #__hello';
     $db->setQuery( $query );
     $this->greeting = $db->loadResult();
  // The private property
  var $greeting;
  // The public property accessor
  function getGreeting() {
     return $this->greeting;

/* 2009-07-21 */

  • Are those file names for "install.utf8.sql" and "uninstall.utf8.sql" correctly written into XML file? I see files "install.sql" and "uninstall.sql", but in the text, there says the files will be named "install.utf8.sql" and "uninstall.utf8.sql"?

Some glitches

I followed the MVC explanation step by step but this section contains some glitches.

The .sql files should NOT contain '.utf' in the file names. The installer will not find the files (verified on Joomla! 1.5.12).

As indicated above, storing the (un)instal.sql should be in admin directory. So to be concrete the last lines of the chapters "Creating the Installation SQL File" and "Creating the uninstall SQL file" should be:

We will ... called ./admin/install.sql
We will ... called ./admin/uninstall.sql

(both glitches are not in the attachment belonging to the article, in the ) --M.A.S.H 12:09, 2 August 2009 (UTC)