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Austin457
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:12 am    Post subject: Custom Feed? Reply with quote

Custom Feed

OK, Iím feeling really stupid. Iím not an expert, but I generally can stumble my way thru nuke stuff.
Everything seemed to install fine. I did have some header error messages, but I followed the post
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include_once('includes/custom_files/nukeSEO/nukeFEEDhdr.php');

in root/header.phpÖ was that correct? The errors stoppedÖ

Incidentally, this looks like one of the smoothest GUIs for a module I've tried yet. The js pop-ups are a nice touch.
I've never messed with feeds before, I've been doing a lot of searching and reading, but Iím too far out of my element. My site isnít ďopenĒ yet, so it doesnít have much on it- but it does have a full encyclopedia which is what I want a feed for. Actually, I want to make a Google Gadget to pull down a daily definition. I made a block that shows a daily definition (I was surprised that no-one had made one yet. And I looked around a lot for one.)
Iím sure my block isnít the most efficient way of achieving what I want, but it works.

I know itís a vague thing Iím asking- but I donít even know where to begin.

For my block I created two new fields in my table. The block picks a random entry and puts 1 in one field and the date in second field the first time the definition is shown. For the rest of the day it shows the entry that matches todayís date. Each new day (date) the block picks a random entry from all entries that do not have that 1. At the end of the encyclopedia it clears the fields and starts over.

To make things more interesting- I need to have a picture in that feed also. The encyclopedia defines the pictures. Not much good with out Ďem.

Now to really screw things up, my Encyclopedia has restricted access. I give a definition a day as a teaser. But full access requires membership. I can preview the default Encyclopedia feed fine as long as Iím logged in, but not otherwise. This again falls back to perhaps using my block code.

I followed this thread Only registered users can see links on this board! Get registered or login!
and Iím made a copy of the includes/content.php to play with. I put my block code in it, but I donít know where to go from there. How do I get the results from my query into a feed? Iím thinking it has something to do with making a class, but Iím not familiar enough with that to know.
These are my variables (the end results that get echoed in my block).
Code:


$todaypic = $row[0];
$todaytitle = $row[2];
$todaytext = $row[3];

$todaypic is achieved by naming the .gifs with numbers that correspond to the tid, and then dropping it in
Code:


<img src=\"/images/color_candles/".$todaypic.".gif\" />

Itís bound to be something simple, bit Iím way too tired atm to wrap my head around it.
Input?
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As an after-thought, since my setup doesnít require items such as Order and Level how would that affect the admin interface?

Edit: I just realized that none of the feeds provide by this module can be displayed if I'm not logged in, even when I have the modules themselves set to "Viewable by Everyone". Displays fine when I'm logged in. By contrast, using the default simple backend.php will display news articles regardless of logged in status. Back to the studying...
  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Custom Feed? Reply with quote

First, if your site doesn't have much content, I'd suggest switching to RavenNuke. It's much more stable (and secure) than PHP-Nuke, including version 8. nukeFEED is already integrated as well. You should not need to be logged in to view a feed - is your feed module set to display for members only?

Regarding your feed, can you provide the structure of the table (e.g. name, fields, etc.)? It's not hard to create a content class for custom tables, but it does require basic understanding of how classes work.
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Austin457
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Custom Feed? Reply with quote

Thanks for the prompt reply.
I came back to say that, although it took me a whole day, I figured most of it out.
I used the default backend.php file as a template and made my own that delivers the content as I want. Went back and forth to Only registered users can see links on this board! Get registered or login! till I got it right. I then made a Gadget that pulls the data successfully and looks decent. Today I'm trying to add a couple of bells n whistles to my gadget- a bit more learning curve on that. First time trying that also.
Raven is not on an option. I have a tremendous amount of work involved in this. By not much content I meant not much dynamic content -yet. The site has a lot of features and will be rather busy (I hope) once it's open.
Yes, most of my modules are members only- using NSN Groups.
I'll come back to focus on this later. I do like the nukeFEED, and I'll want to implement it, but I want to get my gadget right first.
Thanks again,
Austin
  
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