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My First Project with Cook! 24 Nov 2011 15:41 #590

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Hi everybody,

here you can see pictures of my first project I realized with Cook. It's a simple application for an Intranet consisting of a single table. Surpisingly it deals with cooking as it is a planning tool for organizing a community lunch table. Some coordinators have to organize weekly lunches and they have to get helpers together for the cooking. Some database fields have a prefix name cook. :)


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Although I found this tool some time ago, I just started learning, experimenting and building this first component on Monday and now on Thursday afternoon it's already online. Although I already had a working version done with another tool, this is much easier to build and at the end you have the freedom to own your own component. Once you know how to use Cook you will boost your productivity as the learning curve is really moderate compared to many other tools. Also the demo videos are very well done.
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Re: My First Project with Cook! 25 Nov 2011 12:35 #596

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You mean that you build and putted in production in 4 days... Wow, great review !!

With the time you saved, maybe can you post a comment on JED ?
extensions.joomla.org/extensions/tools/development-tools/18128


Thank you very very much.

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Re: My First Project with Cook! 25 Nov 2011 13:19 #604

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Well, it was a very simple component, just one table with less than 10 fields, a frontend and backend list and form, no extra php coding, just some cleanup of the html code. Actually, after carefully listening to the very good demos, checking the forum, I already hat the first draft installed on Monday evening, so just one day. It took me some more time as I had to rename everything a few times and refine a few things.

Although I know PHP and developed a Joomla 1.5 component with the help of a PHP frame, I always shunned the whole MVC stuff. Unfortunately this PHP frame seems to belong to the category of abandonware, so I had to look for something else. I was also not very happy with the various forms generators. They are all sheer overkill if you just want to create simple forms and lists.

I will certainly put my comment in JED. My next project will be more complex. It will have more tables and needs a search form with the capacity to search all fields of a table and tooltips, which do not seem to be implemented yet.
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Re: My First Project with Cook! 25 Nov 2011 13:35 #608

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Maybe I can push on the dev of search box if you need it.

The search box will receive the searches from the Joomla research module through dedicated plugin. So it can take a long to develop this. (The plugins building framwork is not ready)


But, maybe i can design a simplified search box that only search in the current table on specific customizable fields.
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Re: My First Project with Cook! 25 Nov 2011 14:22 #616

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Oh, that would be very nice. I use Joomla a lot for Intranet programming. There you create very specific application where users do not need to search the whole database, but just the specfic data of their application.

One application that I need to migrate from 1.5 to 1.7 is an archive for music notes sheets. It has 2 tables, songsheets and composers. The songsheets table has about 20 fields, one of them a selection field for the composer whose value is retrieved from the composers table. As there are almost 2000 music notes sheets and 500 composers, there is a search form on the table list, so that information can be filtered. So they will enter "Beethoven" on the search field of the song sheets list and all the music notes with songs from Beethoven will be listed.

With this excellent tool I think it will be quicker to use Cook to rewrite the application than to touch the 2 years old php code. There is no hurry to migrate, so I can start with the project and wait until such a search form will be ready.
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Re: My First Project with Cook! 25 Nov 2011 15:41 #619

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Review in JED posted. Waiting for approval!
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Re: Simple Search Box 10 Dec 2011 03:35 #685

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Is the simple search box you mention likely to be in a near future release? would be exactly what I am looking for.

I think Cook has huge potential for simple components and a search within a single table would be enough in many cases.
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