- Practical Tips for Custom Plugin Development: EECI 2012
I’ll have a more extensive write up later (thought EE Insider’s write-up is pretty good on its own), but I wanted to put up a quick note that my slides and companion code are available online.
Thanks to everyone that made it out!
- Alfred Goes Back to Your Mac
With the introduction of iCloud, Apple quietly did something pretty special for nerds like me with a ton of machines - Back to My Mac was finally free.
Sure, you could open up finder, find your remote machine in the “Shared” list, click on it, wait, and then click on “Share Screen” or we can just use Alfred.
With this little extension installed, just fire up Alfred and plug in
vncfollowed by the name of a machine you have Back to My Mac setup on and that’s it, you’ll be screen sharing in no time.
- Single Entry ∞
Have you ever had a channel in an ExpressionEngine installation that required its own set of custom fields, but only needed one entry? Perhaps a homepage or an “About Us” section that needed its own custom content but wasn’t a traditional list of posts? Single Entry can help. With a few simple settings, your control panel can be set up to easily create and edit these posts without the risk of adding new and unnecessary entries to these channels.
Once configured, Single Entry moves your single entry channels out of EE’s standard publish and edit workflow and into a new section of your content dropdown. From there, you’ll have quick access to creating and editing the individual entries in those channels without the hassle of navigating through the standard EE edit workflow or accidentally creating a new entry in a channel that can’t use one.
Best of all, your data and development workflow aren’t changed in any way. Single entry channels are still completely native and can be assigned custom field groups, category groups and statuses, and used in templates just like always. And through the configuration panel, even the name of the new section in the content dropdown can be customized.
Single Entry is Viget’s first ever commercial ExpressionEngine Addon and available exclusively at Devot-EE
- EECI 2012 ∞
The details for this year’s EECI were posted just yesterday and I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to be speaking. Well, excited and terrified as there are a ton of really great speakers and, if last year in Brooklyn was any indication, one of the sharpest groups of attendees I’ve met at any conference.
For my part, I’ll be speaking about writing custom plugins for your projects. Everything from how to get started and the basics of plugin authoring to more advanced features and how to leverage some of ExpressionEngine’s CodeIgniter backbone to accomplish even more custom work without overburdening your templates with inline PHP.
- Alfred Tip: Hotkey a Folder
One trick I found helpful was to hotkey a folder for quick access to my most used directories on my computer. If you have the power pack, it’s quite simple. Open up your Alfred preferences and go to the Global Hotkeys panel. Add a new hotkey and instead of selecting an app or a file, just select a folder for the “action” and set your hotkey.
Now, using that hotkey will open a finder window for that directory; it’s that simple. I currently use CMD + ` to open my Dropbox folder and CMD + ALT + ` to open my mounted file server.