More Updates to the List Quick Helper

Again I’ve put some focus on the List Quick Helper which I think is a valuable extension on its on but also is a good platform for further extensibility. Extensibility not necessarily created by myself.

With this update to the helper I’ve included two major additions to functionality.

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Navigation History Tridion GUI Extension

Ah! its Friday! And what better way to celebrate this day than with a nice GUI extension?

So here is my latest extension available for you to enjoy…

With 2011, the GUI received a new breadcrumb control which is a very useful way to quickly orient yourself of where you are in the system and making it easy to climb up the specific hierarchy you’re currently drilling through.

Of course, those of us who use Tridion know that we usually jump from one location to another, spanning over different publications and sections within publications. For those cases, if we want to go back to a location we were working on before we need to locate it again in the tree, which can be quite a hassle. Especially in large environments.

So my extension will hopefully make it even simpler to work within the GUI in the manner I just specified.

This extension adds 2 new buttons to the GUI right next to the breadcrumb. The buttons mimic the behavior of the browser keeping track of the places(folders, structure-groups, etc.) a user visits.

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The List Quick Helper Tridion extension gets an update

Back in October of last year I released the List Quick Helper, Tridion 2011 extension, which, in the unlikely case you’ve forgotten, looks like this:

Tridion GUI Extension Helper Item views

The helper loads within the list view of the main Tridion 2011 GUI and shows additional information about the selected item in the list so there is no need to open a new dialog window just to see the schema being used by a Component or the directory name of a Structure Group just to name a couple of examples.

When I released it the first time I considered it to be a beta as it was a little rushed. Today Im happy to announce that the Helper is all grown up now and at version 1.0, boasting a host of new features and improvements.

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Programming with the Extensions Manager

About a week ago I published my Extensions Manager, a Tridion 2011 extension that allows extensions’ creators define customizations for their users in a few lines of code. The customizations are exposed as fields to the users in a graphical interface that is easy to use and also takes care of the persistence of the values the users enter.

In my previous post I focused on the functional side of the Manager, the different features it has and the visual interaction.
In this post I’d like to focus on the programmatic side – how should an extension creator use it.

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One Extension to Rule them All

Since Tridion 2011 has been released with its shiny new GUI framework everyone and their sister have either been creating or thinking about creating extensions. I myself have been heavily involved in creating some.

Traditionally, extensions for the most part are islands of functionality; code is typically hardly ever reused. This is something I’d like to improve. With the advancement of the Tridion framework and by following OO practices, it’s possible to create reusable code, frameworks and more, the sky it the limit really.

A few weeks ago I thought about customizing GUI extensions. As extensions mature it will make sense to allow Tridion users, whether administrators or business, the ability to make changes to extensions’ behavior, to turn functionalities on and off and more, without having to change the underlying code. This led to… *drumroll* … The Extensions Manager.

Extensions Manager - Full view

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Not Just Another Tridion GUI Extension

For the past few weeks I’ve been working (whenever I could find the time) on a GUI extension for the new 2011 Tridion platform.

Unlike previous extensions I’ve built, this one is much more complex and spans over more functionality than the more specific ones I worked on before.

I call it the “List Quick Helper“. Where the main idea was to create a useful tool to supplement the information exposed by the GUI’s list view. The theme of this extension is to boost productivity by exposing data quickly and providing small tools to get common tasks done faster.

If you’ve worked with the Content Manager Explorer you’re familiar with having to open an item to view its properties, say to tell the schema of a component you have to open the component’s editing form or to know the file name of page, again need to open the edit form. Even on a fast system it takes at least a few seconds to load up the form. For a shared item you need to select one of the options in the modal dialog (open parent, localize or read-only). After several clicks and at least a few seconds (if not more) you finally can find that little piece of information you were seeking.

What if that information was exposed in the list view immediately? Well, now it can be:

Tridion GUI List Quick Helper View

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