vtigercrm et vtlib pour la création de modules


vtigercrm et vtlib pour la création de modules

 

About vtlib <br />vtlib is a library to ease new module development for vtiger CRM. vtlib includes APIs to create or <br />modify the backend elements for a module. These APIs help make the necessary changes to the <br />database. <br />vtlib includes Module Manager which allows new modules to be packaged into zip files that other <br />vtiger CRM installations can easily install and use. <br />http://

vtlib ? vtiger development library DISCLAIMER: The vtlib library development is in progress and subject to change. While we make every effort to make sure modules developed using vtlib will be compatible with future versions of vtiger CRM, some incompatible changes may be required for the next release of vtiger. In which case you will have to re- create your modules with an upgraded version of vtlib for the specific version of vtiger CRM. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Table of Contents API Version History.............................................................................................................4 About vtlib.........................................................................................................................5 vtlib API - Quick Reference..................................................................................................6 Module Types.....................................................................................................................7 Entity Module.................................................................................................................7 Extension Module ...........................................................................................................7 Language Pack...............................................................................................................7 Creating a new Entity Module...............................................................................................8 Backend ........................................................................................................................8 FrontEnd........................................................................................................................8 Packaging .....................................................................................................................8 About Payslip Module.......................................................................................................8 Step 1: Creating Module......................................................................................................9 Step 2: Creating Block (in UI Form).....................................................................................10 Step 3: Adding Fields.........................................................................................................11 Entity Identifier.............................................................................................................11 Set Picklist Values.........................................................................................................11 Set Related Module........................................................................................................11 Set Help Information.....................................................................................................12 Set MassEdit property....................................................................................................14 Step 4: Creating Filters......................................................................................................15 Configure fields.............................................................................................................15 Setup Rules..................................................................................................................15 Step 5: Related Lists.........................................................................................................16 Step 6: Sharing Access Rules.............................................................................................18 Step 7: Module Tools.........................................................................................................19 Optional Step: Module Events.............................................................................................20 Optional Step: Module Webservices.....................................................................................21 Optional Step: Module Templates........................................................................................22 Optional Step: Custom Links..............................................................................................23 Special LinkType...........................................................................................................24 Final Completed Script (Backend)........................................................................................25 Executing Module Creation Script........................................................................................28 Step 8: Creating module files (Frontend)..............................................................................29 Language File Preparation..............................................................................................30 New Module Tour...............................................................................................................31 List view......................................................................................................................31 Create view..................................................................................................................31 Detail view...................................................................................................................32 http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib List view......................................................................................................................32 Sharing Access.............................................................................................................33 Custom Fields...............................................................................................................33 Step 9: Packaging.............................................................................................................34 Package Export.............................................................................................................34 Package Structure.....................................................................................................35 Package Import.............................................................................................................37 Package Upgrade..........................................................................................................38 Limitations...............................................................................................................38 Extension Module .........................................................................................................39 Language Pack..............................................................................................................40 Adding License..............................................................................................................41 Adding Migration Details.................................................................................................42 Module Manager................................................................................................................44 Disabling Module...........................................................................................................45 Enabling Module............................................................................................................45 Exporting Module..........................................................................................................46 Importing Module..........................................................................................................47 Module Specific Settings.................................................................................................50 Module Upgrade............................................................................................................51 Appendix 1 - API Changes..................................................................................................53 Creating Module............................................................................................................53 Creating Block..............................................................................................................53 Creating Field...............................................................................................................54 Setting Entity Identifier..................................................................................................54 Set Picklist Values.........................................................................................................54 Creating Filter...............................................................................................................55 Configure Tools.............................................................................................................55 Configure Sharing Access...............................................................................................55 Appendix 2 ? Schema Changes...........................................................................................56 Appendix 3 ? Using vtiger_imageurl API...............................................................................57 Appendix 4 ? vtlib_handler Method......................................................................................58 FAQs ? Frequently Asked Questions.....................................................................................59 1. How to write own templates?......................................................................................59 2. How is module template used?....................................................................................59 3. Cannot See Module Manager!......................................................................................60 4. Tips for using field names...........................................................................................60 http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib API Version History Version Release Date Highlights 2.2 Under development * Added special module event triggers (vtlib_handler method invocation) 2.1 2009.01.07 * Installing Language Pack, Extension module using Module Manager * ModuleDir was re-organized to be specific to a vtiger version * Module Manager handles License agreement before installation. * Basic support added for module upgrades with Module Manager. * Ability to add custom web links for a module. * Support added to allow help information for the module fields. * Added vtiger_imageurl API 2.0 2008-11-26 * API provided to related modules (related list) * API changes for creating fields, blocks, module * UI type 10 was added for generic popup field 1.4 2008-09-29 * Exporting and Importing was added to Module Manager 1.3 2008-09-01 * Module Manager was added for Administrators to install and enable/disable the new modules developed using vtlib. * API to setup Picklist values 1.2 2008-08-29 * Sharing Access API was added 1.1 2008-08-27 * API's to enable and disable tools like Export, Import were added 1.0 2008-08-19 * Basic API was added to created fields, blocks, module http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib About vtlib vtlib is a library to ease new module development for vtiger CRM. vtlib includes APIs to create or modify the backend elements for a module. These APIs help make the necessary changes to the database. vtlib includes Module Manager which allows new modules to be packaged into zip files that other vtiger CRM installations can easily install and use. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib vtlib API - Quick Reference vtlib includes the following APIs that can be used to create new modules. For more details please look at the API docs. ? Vtiger_Module ? name ? addBlock() ? addFilter() ? initTables() ? setRelatedList() ? setDefaultSharing() ? enableTools() ? disableTools() ? save() ? addLink() ? Vtiger_Menu ? addModule() ? Vtiger_Block ? label ? addField() ? Vtiger_Field ? table ? column ? columntype ? uitype ? typeofdata ? setHelpInfo() ? setEntityIdentifier() ? setPicklistValues() ? setRelatedModules() ? Vtiger_Filter ? name ? isdefault ? addField() ? addRule() ? Vtiger_Event ? register() http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Module Types vtiger CRM modules can be classified into following types: 1. Entity Module 2. Extension Module 3. Language Pack Entity Module Modules in this category will create entity records in vtiger CRM. The module will provide Create view, Edit view, Detail view and List view. You will be able to create filters etc. Entity modules are recommended for cases where a new type of data object, e.g. Timesheet, needs to be added into the system as part of the new module. These new data objects can be viewed and managed by administrators and users. Leads, Contacts, Accounts, Payslip etc... are Entity Modules. Extension Module Modules in this category need not follow the general behavior of Entity Module. The records created by Entity module could be used to provide a extended functionality or the records creation/editing can be handled in its own way. Extension modules can be used when add-on functionality is needed, without the need for new kinds of data objects that users view and manage. Dashboard, Reports, Portal etc... are Extension Modules. Language Pack Language Packs for vtiger CRM are also treated as another kind of module by vtlib. NOTE: Module manager will provide the ability to install these different modules. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Creating a new Entity Module vtlib simplifies creation of new vtiger CRM modules. Developers can use vtlib to develop vtiger CRM modules that add new functionality to vtiger CRM. These modules can then be packaged for easy installation by the Module Manager. NOTE: In this document we will explain the process of creating a new module by building an example 'Payslip' Module. This example code is included as part of vtlib package, and can be used as a starting point to create new modules. Please refer to the 'Using the example code provided with the vtlib API' section in this document for more information. The following are important steps that should be followed to get a basic working module. The backend section covers database level changes for the module, and the frontend section covers the UI files. Backend Step 1 Create module instance, create database tables, and add it to Menu Step 2 Add UI blocks for the module. Step 3 Add fields and associate it to blocks. Set at-least one field as entity identifier. Step 4 Create default list view and additional filters (make sure to create a filter named All which is the default filter) Step 5 Create Related List (to show in the ''More information'' tab) Step 6 Setting Sharing Access Rules Step 7 Setting Module Tools options (i.e., Import/Export) FrontEnd Step 8 Creating Module directory and files Packaging Step 9 Packaging Additional Options ? Module Templates (to customize Form, List View, and Settings UI ) ? Module Settings (to allow administrators to configure your module) ? Module Events (only available in vtiger CRM version 5.1) ? Module Webservices (only available in vtiger CRM version 5.1) These steps are explained in detail in the course of this section. We are using the example module 'Payslip' to explain the use of vtlib APIs. About Payslip Module It will have the ability to create, edit, delete payslip records. You can create Custom Filters for the Listview, which displays the list of payslip instances. We shall associate this module with the Tools menu. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 1: Creating Module Class Vtiger_Module provides an API to work with vtiger CRM modules. include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $moduleInstance = new Vtiger_Module(); $moduleInstance->name = 'Payslip'; $moduleInstance->save(); $moduleInstance->initTables(); $menuInstance = Vtiger_Menu::getInstance('Tools'); $menuInstance->addModule($moduleInstance); Vtiger_Module->initTables() API will initialize (create) the 3 necessary tables a module should have as explained below: Table Naming convention Description Basetable vtiger_<MODULENAME> Contains the default fields for the new module Customtable vtiger_<MODULENAME>cf Contains custom fields of the module Grouptable vtiger_<MODULENAME>grouprel Used when records are assigned to a group Vtiger_Menu->addModule(<ModuleInstance>) API will create menu item which serves as UI entry point for the module. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 2: Creating Block (in UI Form) Class Vtiger_Block provides API to work with a Module block, the container which holds the fields together. The example given below describes the way of creating new blocks for the module created earlier: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $blockInstance = new Vtiger_Block(); $blockInstance->label = 'LBL_PAYSLIP_INFORMATION'; $moduleInstance->addBlock($blockInstance); $blockInstance2 = new Vtiger_Block(); $blockInstance2->label = 'LBL_CUSTOM_INFORMATION'; $moduleInstance->addBlock($blockInstance2); NOTE: LBL_CUSTOM_INFORMATION block should always be created to support Custom Fields for a module. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 3: Adding Fields Class Vtiger_Field provides API to work with a Module field, which are the basic elements that store and display the module record data. The example given below describes the way of creating new field for the module created earlier: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $fieldInstance = new Vtiger_Field(); $fieldInstance->name = 'PayslipName'; $fieldInstance->table = 'vtiger_payslip'; $fieldInstance->column = 'payslipname'; $fieldInstance->columntype = 'VARCHAR(100)'; $fieldInstance->uitype = 2; $fieldInstance->typeofdata = 'V~M'; $blockInstance->addField($fieldInstance); NOTE: The fieldInstance name is a mandatory value to be set before saving / adding to block. Other values (if not set) are defaulted as explained below: $fieldInstance->table Module's basetable $fieldInstance->column $fieldInstance->name in lowercase [The table will be altered by adding the column if not present] $fieldInstance->columntype VARCHAR(255) $fieldInstance->uitype 1 $fieldInstance->typeofdata V~O $fieldInstance->label $fieldInstance->name [Mapping entry should be present in module language file as well] Entity Identifier One of the mandatory field should be set as entity identifier of module once it is created. This field will be used for showing the details in 'Last Viewed Entries' etc... $moduleInstance->setEntityIdentifier($fieldInstance); Set Picklist Values If the field is of Picklist type (uitype 15, 16, 33, 55, 111) then you can configure the initial values using the following API: $fieldInstance->setPicklistValues( Array ('Value1', 'Value2') ); Set Related Module If the field is of Popup select type (uitype=10), you can configure the related modules which could be selected via Popup using the following API: $fieldInstance->setRelatedModules(Array('OtherModule1', 'OtherModule2')); To unset the related module you can use the following API: $fieldInstance->unsetRelatedModules(Array('OtherModule2')); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Set Help Information Providing help information for module field will be useful to educate users. include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $fieldInstance = new Vtiger_Field(); $fieldInstance->name = 'LinkTo'; ... $fieldInstance->helpinfo = 'Relate to an existing contact'; ... $blockInstance->addField($fieldInstance); You can provide set the help text for an existing field using the following API: $fieldInstance->setHelpInfo('HELP CONTENT'); NOTE: HELP CONTENT can be plain or rich text. See the recommended usage below. When a field has help information, helpicon will be shown beside the field label. Clicking on it will show the help content as shown: http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib NOTE: Given below is the snippet of code that should be added to EditView.php of existing module to enable Help Icon support. // ... // Gather the help information associated with fields $smarty->assign('FIELDHELPINFO', vtlib_getFieldHelpInfo($currentModule)); // END // ... if($focus->mode == 'edit') $smarty->display('salesEditView.tpl'); else $smarty->display('CreateView.tpl'); Recommended: ? Provide translation mapping for the helpinfo being used for a field. Example set the helpinfo as HELP_FILEDNAME_INFO and provide the contents in the language file. $fieldInstance->setHelpInfo('HELP_FIELDNAME_INFO'); In module/<MODULENAME>/language/en_us.lang.php $mod_strings = Array( ... 'HELP_FIELDNAME_INFO' => 'Fieldname help contents should be here', ...); ? Avoid newlines in the help content, you can use <br> tag instead ? Preferably escape (', ?, <, >) with HTML entities like (&quot;, &lt; &gt;) ? It is good to have keep the content less, if you want to provide more details you can link to a external page as shown in the example below: Fill your contacts name here. To know more about it<br> <a href='http://en.vtiger.com/wiki.html'>see more</a> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Set MassEdit property NOTE: Mass edit feature is available from vtiger 5.1 onwards You can make the field available for mass editing use the following ways described below: When creating the field you can set the property: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $fieldInstance = new Vtiger_Field(); $fieldInstance->name = 'TestField'; ... $fieldInstance->masseditable = 1; ... $blockInstance->addField($fieldInstance); If you have an existing field its property can be updated using the API: $fieldInstance->setMassEditable(value); The value set for masseditable property has the following meaning: Value Description 0 Not available for mass edit and this property cannot be controlled by user. 1 Available for mass edit 2 Not available for mass edit but the property can be controlled by user (via Layout Manager etc) http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 4: Creating Filters Class Vtiger_Filter provides API to work with a Module's custom view or filter. The list view display is controlled via these filters. The example given below describes the way of creating new filter for the module: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $filterInstance = new Vtiger_Filter(); $filterInstance->name = 'All'; $filterInstance->isdefault = true; $moduleInstance->addFilter($filterInstance); Configure fields To add fields to the filter you can use the following API: $filterInstance->addField($fieldInstance, $columnIndex); Where $columnIndex (optional) is the order/index at which the field should appear in the list view. Setup Rules Once the field is added to filter you can setup rule (condition) for filtering as well using the following API: $filterInstance->addRule($fieldInstance, $comparator, $compareValue, $columnIndex); Where comparator could be one of the following: EQUALS NOT_EQUALS STARTS_WITH ENDS_WITH CONTAINS DOES_NOT_CONTAINS LESS_THAN GREATER_THAN LESS_OR_EQUAL GREATER_OR_EQUAL $compareValue is the value against with the field needs to be compared. $columnIndex (optional) is the order at which this rule condition should be applied. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 5: Related Lists One module could be associated with multiple records of other module that is displayed under ?More Information? tab on Detail View. The example given below describes the way of creating a relation between a Payslip and Accounts module: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $moduleInstance = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Payslip'); $accountsModule = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Accounts'); $relationLabel = 'Accounts'; $moduleInstance->setRelatedList( $accountsModule, $relationLabel, Array('ADD','SELECT') ); With this you can Add one or more Accounts to Payslip records. To drop the relation between the modules use the following: $moduleInstance->unsetRelatedList($targetModuleInstance); About setRelatedList API Vtiger_Module->setRelatedList(<TARGET MODULE>[, <HEADER LABEL>, <ALLOWED ACTIONS>, <CALLBACK FUNCTION NAME>]); <TARGET MODULE> Module name to which relation is being setup. <HEADER LABEL> Optional (default = <TARGET MODULE>) Label to use on the More Information related list view. <ALLOWED ACTIONS> Optional ADD or SELECT (default = false) What buttons should be shown in the related list view while adding records. <CALLBACK FUNCTION NAME> Optional (default = get_related_list) The function should be defined in the <SOURCE MODULE> class. This should generate the listview entries for displaying. NOTE: This API will create an entry in the vtiger_crmentityrel table to keep track of relation between module records. Standard modules available in vtiger CRM handles the relation in separate tables and performs the JOIN to fetch data specific to each module. This is an attempt to achieve generic behavior. You can write custom call back functions to handle related list queries that will meet your requirements. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Limitations Following limitations apply for the related list APIs 1. Standard module class variables are not set as required by the get_related_list vtlib module API. Case handling should be handled @function vtlib_setup_modulevars in include/utils/VtlibUtils.php 2. get_related_list API added to module class does not handle JOIN on tables where some modules like (Accounts) store information hence complete details are not fetched in the Related List View. (Example Sorting on the city field on related list view will fail if dieOnError is true) http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 6: Sharing Access Rules Sharing access configuration for the module can be done as shown below: The example given below describes the way to configure the Payslip module as Private include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $moduleInstance = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Payslip'); $moduleInstance->setDefaultSharing('Private'); The <PERMISSION_TYPE> can be one of the following: Public_ReadOnly Public_ReadWrite Public_ReadWriteDelete Private http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 7: Module Tools Features like Import, Export are termed as module tools. Such tools can enabled or disabled as shown below: The example given below describes the way to enable and disable the tools for Payslip module include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $moduleInstance = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Payslip'); $module->enableTools(Array('Import', 'Export')); $module->disableTools('Export'); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Optional Step: Module Events Eventing API is supported from vtiger 5.1 onwards (read more here). To check if your vtiger CRM supports Eventing use the following: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Event.php'); boolean Vtiger_Event::isSupported(); To register an event for a module, use the following: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Event.php'); Vtiger_Event::register('<MODULENAME>', '<EVENTNAME>', '<HANDLERCLASS>', '<HANDLERFILE>'); <MODULNAME> Module for which events should be registered <EVENTNAME> vtiger.entity.aftersave vtiger.entity.beforesave <HANDLERCLASS> Event handler class, look at the example below <HANDLERFILE> File where HANDLERCLASS is defined (should be within vtiger CRM directory) Example: Registering event callback before and after save. if(Vtiger_Event::hasSupport()) { Vtiger_Event::register( 'Payslip', 'vtiger.entity.aftersave', 'PayslipHandler', 'modules/Payslip/PayslipHandler.php' ); Vtiger_Event::register( 'Payslip', 'vtiger.entity.beforesave', 'PayslipHandler', 'modules/Payslip/PayslipHandler.php' ); } modules/Payslip/PayslipHandler.php <?php class PayslipHandler extends VTEventHandler { function handleEvent($eventName, $data) { if($eventName == 'vtiger.entity.beforesave') { // Entity is about to be saved, take required action } if($eventName == 'vtiger.entity.aftersave') { // Entity has been saved, take next action } } } ?> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Optional Step: Module Webservices Webservices API is supported from vtiger 5.1 onwards (read more here). You will need to invoke the setup API to enable the support for the custom modules. include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $moduleInstance = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Payslip'); $moduleInstance->initWebservice(); NOTE: When the module is imported the Webservice initialize API is automatically invoked. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Optional Step: Module Templates If you would like to customize the list view or have a custom Settings page for the module, then you will need to create a Smarty template accordingly. You will need to have some knowledge of Smarty templates usage before yuu proceed. Your module specific Smarty template files should be created under Smarty/templates/modules/<NewModuleName>. Use vtlib_getModuleTemplate($module, $templateName) API (include/utils/VtlibUtils.php) as: $smarty->display(vtlib_getModuleTemplate($currentModule, 'MyListview.tpl')); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Optional Step: Custom Links You can add custom web link to the module using the following API: include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $moduleInstance = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('ModuleName'); $moduleInstance->addLink(<LinkType>, <LinkLabel>, <LinkURL>); LinkType Type of Link like DETAILVIEW etc.. LinkLabel Label to use for the link when displaying LinkURL URL of the link. You can use variables like $variablename$ Given below is an example which adds a link to the DetailView of the Module. include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $moduleInstance = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Payslip'); $moduleInstance->addLink( 'DETAILVIEW', 'New Action', 'index.php?module=OtherModule&action=SomeAction&src_module=$MODULE$&src_record=$RECORD$' ); In module's DetailView handler page (modules/Payslip/DetailView.php) you will need this piece of code (before the call to $smarty->display()) : include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Link.php'); $customlink_params = Array('MODULE'=>$currentModule, 'RECORD'=>$focus->id, 'ACTION'=> $_REQUEST['action']); $smarty->assign('CUSTOM_LINKS', Vtiger_Link::getAllByType(getTabid($currentModule), 'DETAILVIEW', $customlink_params)); On the DetailView page you will find More Actions link. When you mouse hovers on this all the related custom links will be shown as a drop down. See the screenshot below: NOTE: The $MODULE$ and $RECORD$ variables for the 'New Action' link will be replaced with the values set through DetailView.php http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Special LinkType Following LinkTypes are treated specially while processing for display: Linktype Description HEADERSCRIPT The link will be treated as a javascript type and will be imported in the head section of the HTML output page as <script type='text/javascript' src='linkurl'></script> HEADERCSS The link will be treated as a CSS type and will be imported in the head section of the HTML output page as <link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='linkurl> HEADERLINK You can see these link grouped under More on the top header panel. Useful if you want to provide utitlity tools like Bookmarklet etc. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Final Completed Script (Backend) Here is the complete script (vtlib.Test.Create.Module1.php) which creates the Payslip module <?php // Turn on debugging level $Vtiger_Utils_Log = true; include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Menu.php'); include_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); // Create module instance and save it first $module = new Vtiger_Module(); $module->name = 'Payslip'; $module->save(); // Initialize all the tables required $module->initTables(); /** * Creates the following table: * vtiger_payslip (payslipid INTEGER) * vtiger_payslipcf(payslipid INTEGER PRIMARY KEY) * vtiger_payslipgrouprel((payslipid INTEGER PRIMARY KEY, groupname VARCHAR(100)) */ // Add the module to the Menu (entry point from UI) $menu = Vtiger_Menu::getInstance('Tools'); $menu->addModule($module); // Add the basic module block $block1 = new Vtiger_Block(); $block1->label = 'LBL_PAYSLIP_INFORMATION'; $module->addBlock($block1); // Add custom block (required to support Custom Fields) $block2 = new Vtiger_Block(); $block2->label = 'LBL_CUSTOM_INFORMATION'; $module->addBlock($block2); /** Create required fields and add to the block */ $field1 = new Vtiger_Field(); $field1->name = 'PayslipName'; $field1->table = $module->basetable; $field1->column = 'payslipname'; $field1->columntype = 'VARCHAR(255)'; $field1->uitype = 2; $field1->typeofdata = 'V~M'; $block1->addField($field1); /** Creates the field and adds to block */ // Set at-least one field to identifier of module record $module->setEntityIdentifier($field1); $field2 = new Vtiger_Field(); $field2->name = 'PayslipType'; $field2->label = 'Payslip Type'; $field2->columntype = 'VARCHAR(100)'; $field2->uitype = 15; $field2->typeofdata = 'V~O';// Varchar~Optional $block1->addField($field2); /** table and column are automatically set */ $field2->setPicklistValues( Array ('Employee', 'Trainee') ); $field3 = new Vtiger_Field(); $field3->name = 'Month'; http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib $field3->uitype = 23; $field3->typeofdata = 'D~M'; // Date~Mandatory $block1->addField($field3); /** table, column, label, set to default values */ $field4 = new Vtiger_Field(); $field4->name = 'LinkTo'; $field4->label= 'Link To'; $field4->table = 'vtiger_payslip'; $field4->column = 'linkto'; $field4->columntype = 'VARCHAR(100)'; $field4->uitype = 10; $field4->typeofdata = 'V~O'; $field4->helpinfo = 'Relate to an existing contact'; $block1->addField($field4); $field4->setRelatedModules(Array('Contacts')); /** Common fields that should be in every module, linked to vtiger CRM core table */ $field5 = new Vtiger_Field(); $field5->name = 'assigned_user_id'; $field5->label = 'Assigned To'; $field5->table = 'vtiger_crmentity'; $field5->column = 'smownerid'; $field5->uitype = 53; $field5->typeofdata = 'V~M'; $block1->addField($field5); $field6 = new Vtiger_Field(); $field6->name = 'CreatedTime'; $field6->label= 'Created Time'; $field6->table = 'vtiger_crmentity'; $field6->column = 'createdtime'; $field6->uitype = 70; $field6->typeofdata = 'T~O'; $field6->displaytype= 2; $block1->addField($field6); $field7 = new Vtiger_Field(); $field7->name = 'ModifiedTime'; $field7->label= 'Modified Time'; $field7->table = 'vtiger_crmentity'; $field7->column = 'modifiedtime'; $field7->uitype = 70; $field7->typeofdata = 'T~O'; $field7->displaytype= 2; $block1->addField($field7); /** END */ // Create default custom filter (mandatory) $filter1 = new Vtiger_Filter(); $filter1->name = 'All'; $filter1->isdefault = true; $module->addFilter($filter1); // Add fields to the filter created $filter1->addField($field1)->addField($field2, 1)->addField($field5, 2); // Create one more filter $filter2 = new Vtiger_Filter(); $filter2->name = 'All2'; $module->addFilter($filter2); // Add fields to the filter $filter2->addField($field1); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib $filter2->addField($field2, 1); // Add rule to the filter field $filter2->addRule($field1, 'CONTAINS', 'Test'); /** Associate other modules to this module */ $module->setRelatedList(Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Accounts'), 'Accounts', Array('ADD','SELECT')); /** Set sharing access of this module */ $module->setDefaultSharing('Private'); /** Enable and Disable available tools */ $module->enableTools(Array('Import', 'Export')); $module->disableTools('Merge'); ?> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Executing Module Creation Script 1. To execute the vtlib.Test.Create.Module1.php script, open http://localhost/vtigercrm/vtlib.Test.html 2. Click on Create Payslip Module to test creation of Payslip Module http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 8: Creating module files (Frontend) Each new module should have a directory under modules/ folder. To help speed up the module code creation, vtlib comes bundled with skeleton module structure based on the 'PaySlip' module. This code is include in vtlib/ModuleDir folder which can be used as a template for new module that is created. It contains source files that needs to be changed as explained below. NOTE: ModuleDir has sub-directories specific to vtiger version, please make sure to use the right one. 1. Copy ModuleDir/<target_vtiger_version> contents to newly created modules/<NewModuleName> folder. 2. Rename <NewModuleName>/ModuleFile.php as <NewModuleName>/<NewModuleName>.php (as noted in the table below) 3. Rename <NewModuleName>/ModuleFileAjax.php as <NewModuleName>/<NewModuleName>Ajax.php 4. Rename <NewModuleName>/ModuleFile.js to <NewModuleName>/<NewModuleName>.js 5. Edit <NewModuleName>/<NewModuleName>.php a) Rename Class ModuleClass to <NewModuleName> b) Update $table_name and $table_index (Module table name and table index column) c) Update $groupTable d) Update $tab_name, $tab_name_index e) Update $list_fields, $list_fields_name, $sortby_fields, $list_link_field f) Update $detailview_links g) Update $default_order_by, $default_sort_order h) Update $required_fields i) Update $customFieldTable j) Rename function ModuleClass to function <NewModuleName> [This is the Constructor Class] NOTE: Other files under modules/<NewModuleName> need not be changed. Example ModuleDir Purpose File under Payslip index.php Module entry point through Menu index.php ModuleFile.php Module class definition file. Payslip.php ModuleFileAjax.php Base file for ajax actions used under Listview etc... PayslipAjax.php ModuleFile.js Module specific javascript function can be written here Payslip.js CallRelatedList.php More Information Detail view handler CallRelatedList.php CustomView.php Custom view or Filter handler CustomView.php Delete.php Module record deletion handler Delete.php DetailView.php Detail view handler DetailView.php DetailViewAjax.php Detail view ajax edit handler DetailViewAjax.php EditView.php Edit view handler EditView.php ExportRecords.php Module record export handler ExportRecords.php Import.php Module records import handler Import.php ListView.php List view handler ListView.php Popup.php Popup selection handler for this module record Popup.php QuickCreate.php Quick creation handler QuickCreate.php Save.php Module record save handler Save.php http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Example ModuleDir Purpose File under Payslip TagCloud.php Tag cloud handler TagCloud.php updateRelations.php Related list record handler (save/delete) updateRelations.php Files specific to vtiger 5.1.0 version. Example ModuleDir Purpose File under Payslip MassEdit.php Mass Record Edit handler MassEdit.php MassEditSave.php Mass Edit Record Save handler MassEditSave.php Language File Preparation Update the language string mapping in the module language file (modules/<NewModuleName>/en_us.lang.php) Some of the mandatory mapping that should be provided are as follows: $mod_strings = array ( 'NewModuleName' => 'NewModuleName_Translation', 'SINGLE_NewModuleName' => 'NewModuleNameForSingleRecord', 'LBL_CUSTOM_INFORMATION' => 'Custom Information', // Label used for your module field 'FieldLabel' => 'Field Label Translation' ); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib New Module Tour List view Create view http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Detail view List view http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Sharing Access Custom Fields http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Step 9: Packaging Package Export vtlib provides API to export module as a zip (package) file which can used for importing through Module Manger. require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $package->export('<MODULE Instance>', '<DESTINATION DIR>', '<ZIPFILE NAME>', <DIRECT DOWNLOAD>); <MODULE Instance> Vtiger_Module instance to be exported (packaged) <DESTINATION DIR> (Optional: Default=test/vtlib) Directory where the zipfile output should be created. <ZIPFILE NAME> (Optional: Default=modulename-timestamp.zip) Zipfile name to use for the output file. <DIRECT DOWNLOAD> (Optional: Default=false) If true, the zipfile created will be streamed for download and zipfile will be deleted after that. Example: require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $package->export( Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Payslip'), 'test/vtlib', 'Payslip-Export.zip', true ); NOTE: Please make sure test/vtlib directory exists under vtigercrm root directory and is writeable. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Package Structure The exported zipfile (package) has the following structure: manifest.xml modules/ ModuleName/ <Module Related Files> language/ en_us.lang.php <Other language Files> templates/ <Smarty templates of the Module> manifest.xml has the meta information that will be useful during the import process as shown: <?xml version=?1.0? encoding=?utf-8??> <module> <exporttime>YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss</exporttime> <name>MODULE NAME</name> <version>1.0</version> <label>MODULE LABEL</label> <parent>MENU</parent> <dependencies> <vtiger_version>VTIGER_VERSION_NUMBER</vtiger_version> </dependencies> <tables> <table> <name>TABLENAME</name> <sql>TABLE SQL</sql> </table> </tables> <blocks> <block> <label>BLOCK LABEL</label> <fields> <field> <fieldname>payslipname</fieldname> <columnname>payslipname</columnname> <uitype>UI TYPE</uitype> <tablename>TABLE NAME</tablename> <generatedtype>GEN TYPE</generatedtype> <fieldlabel>FIELD LABEL</fieldlabel> <readonly>READONLY</readonly> <presence>PRESENCE</presence> <selected>SELECTED</selected> <maximumlength>MAXLEN</maximumlength> <typeofdata>TYPEOFDATA</typeofdata> <quickcreate>QUICKCREATE</quickcreate> <displaytype>DISPTYPE</displaytype> <info_type>INFOTYPE</info_type> <helpinfo><![CDATA[HELP INFORMATION]]></helpinfo> <masseditable>MASSEDIT VALUE</masseditable> </field> </fields> </block> </blocks> <customviews> <customview> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib <viewname>VIEWNAME</viewname> <setdefault>0</setdefault> <setmetrics>1</setmetrics> <fields> <field> <fieldname>FIELDNAME</fieldname> <columnindex>0</columnindex> </field> </fields> </customview> </customviews> <sharingaccess> <default>private</default> </sharingaccess> <actions> <action> <name>Export</name> <status>enabled</status> </action> <action> <name>Import</name> <status>enabled</status> </action> </actions> <customlinks> <customlink> <linktype>DETAILVIEW</linktype> <linklabel>Visit Site</linklabel> <linkurl><![CDATA[http://www.vtiger.com]]></linkurl> <linkicon><![CDATA[themes/images/vtiger-paw.jpg]]></linkicon> <sequence>0</sequence> </customlink> <customlinks> <events> <event> <eventname>EVENT_NAME</eventname> <classname>EVENT_HANDLER_CLASS</classname> <filename>EVENT_HANDLER_CLASS_FILE</filename> <condition><![CDATA[modulename in ['MODULENAME'] ]]></condition> </event> </events> </module> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Package Import You can import a module from package (zip) file using the following API require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $package->import(<MODULE ZIPFILE>, <overwrite>); <MODULE ZIPFILE> Module zipfile (package). <overwrite> (Optional: Default=false) Overwrite the existing module directory if present NOTE: overwrite flag is ignored currently. It will be implemented in future. Please make sure to check for directory non-existence before importing. The package file should be validated before Importing which can be done using the following API require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $package->checkZip(<MODULE ZIPFILE>); <MODULE ZIPFILE> Module zipfile (package). checkZip returns true if package structure in zipfile is as specified in the section Package Export above. Detecting Module Name being Imported require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $package->getModuleNameFromZip(<MODULE ZIPFILE>); <MODULE ZIPFILE> Module zipfile (package). getModuleNameFromZip returns ModuleName if checkZip succeeds. Example: require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $module = $package->getModuleNameFromZip('test/vtlib/Payslip.zip'); $module_exists = false; $module_dir_exists = false; if($module == null) { echo ?Module zipfile is not valid!?; } else if(Vtiger_Module::getInstance($module)) { echo "$module already exists!"; $module_exists = true; } else if(is_dir("modules/$module")) { echo "$module folder exists! Overwrite?"; $module_dir_exists = true; } if($module_exists == false && $module_dir_exists == false) { $package->import('test/vtlib/Payslip.zip'); } http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Package Upgrade NOTE: Currently this module upgrade feature does not support deletion and modification of exiting module fields. Before you use this feature, please ensure your modified module does not change or delete existing fields. You can upgrade a module that was imported earlier using the following API: require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $package->update(<ModuleInstance>, <MODULE ZIPFILE>, <overwrite>); <ModuleInstance> Vtiger_Module instance which needs to be upgraded. <MODULE ZIPFILE> Module zipfile (package). <overwrite> (Optional: Default=true) Overwrite the existing module directory if present Example: require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Package.php'); require_once('vtlib/Vtiger/Module.php'); $package = new Vtiger_Package(); $moduleInstance = Vtiger_Module::getInstance('Payslip'); $package->update($moduleInstance, 'test/vtlib/Payslip.zip'); Limitations 1. Any property change to existing block or field will not applied during module upgrade. NOTE: Look at Adding_Migration_Details section to know more about adding migration information to the package file through manifest.xml http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Extension Module Module Manager lets you install an extension module provided the manifest.xml (in package) has the following information. This feature is available from vtiger CRM 5.1.0 onwards only. manifest.xml <?xml version="1.0" encoding=?utf-8??> <module> <type>extension</type> <name>MODULENAME</name> <label>MODULE LABEL</label> <parent>Tools</parent> <version>1.0</version> <dependencies> <vtiger_version>5.1.0</vtiger_version> </dependencies> <tables> <table> <name>TABLE-NAME</name> <sql><![CDATA[CREATE_TABLE_SQL]]></sql> </table> </tables> <events> <event> <eventname>EVENT_NAME</eventname> <classname>EVENT_HANDLER_CLASS</classname> <filename>EVENT_HANDLER_CLASS_FILE</filename> <condition><![CDATA[modulename in ['MODULENAME']]]></condition> </event> </events> </module> type Mandatory Should have the value extension name Mandatory Module name (should not contain spaces or special characters) label Mandatory Label used to display on the UI parent Optional Menu to which this Module needs to be attached dependencies (vtiger_version) Mandatory Version for which the package is intended for tables Optional Tables that needs to be created during installation of module events Optional Events that needs to be registered during installation of module Package File The following file structure is recommended for extension module package (zip file). manifest.xml modules/ MODULENAME/ language/ en_us.lang.php index.php <other module files> templates/ <smarty templates> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Language Pack Module Manager lets you install language packs to your vtiger CRM installation. The Language package should follow the package structure as explained below: manifest.xml <?xml version="1.0" encoding=?utf-8??> <module> <type>language</type> <name>English</name> <label>US English</label> <prefix>en_us</prefix> <version>1.0</version> <dependencies> <vtiger_version>5.1.0</vtiger_version> </dependencies> </module> type Mandatory Should have the value language name Optional Language pack complete name label Mandatory Label to identify the language on the UI (on login page) prefix Mandatory The filename prefix used for language file. Only these files will be extracted from the package file during installation. dependencies (vtiger_version) Mandatory Version for which the package is intended for. Package File The following file structure is recommended for extension language package (zip file). manifest.xml modules/ Accounts/ language/ <prefix>.lang.php Contacts/ language/ <prefix>.lang.php Leads/ language/ <prefix>.lang.php ... http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Adding License The manifest.xml of the package can contain license information which will be displayed to user during Module Manager installation process. You will need to add <license> node in the manifest.xml as described below: Inline License: <module> <name>MODULENAME</name> <label>MODULE_LABEL</label> <version>1.0</version> <dependencies> <vtiger_version>5.0.4</vtiger_version> </dependencies> <license> <inline><![CDATA[This is under vtiger Public License ]]></inline> </license> ... </module> License from File: You can specific the LICENSEFILE in the package that contains the License information. <module> <name>MODULENAME</name> <label>MODULE_LABEL</label> <version>1.0</version> <dependencies> <vtiger_version>5.0.4</vtiger_version> </dependencies> <license> <file>LICENSEFILE</file> </license> ... </module> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Adding Migration Details Module Manager supports upgrade of modules built with vtlib. In some cases, custom schema changes and data migration will be required for these module upgrades. When a new version of a module is released it might have schema changes w.r.t older version. The upgrade process might not be complete unless required schema changes and data migration are applied. In such cases, you can add the migration information in your manifest.xml as described below: <?xml version="1.0" encoding=?utf-8??> <module> <name>MODULENAME</name> <label>MODULE LABEL</label> <parent>Tools</parent> <version>1.2</version> <dependencies> <vtiger_version>5.0.4</vtiger_version> </dependencies> <migrations> <migration version='1.0'> <tables> <table> <name>TABLE-NAME</name> <sql><![CDATA[ALTER TABLE MyTable ADD COLUMN NewColumn INT]]></sql> </table> </tables> </migration> <migration version='1.1'> <tables> <table> <name>TABLE-NAME</name> <sql><![CDATA[UPDATE MyTable SET NewColumn=1 WHERE NewColumn is NULL]]></sql> </table> </tables> </migration> </migrations> <tables> <table> <name>TABLE-NAME</name> <sql><![CDATA[CREATE_TABLE_SQL]]></sql> </table> </tables> ... </module> NOTE: The above snippet of manifest.xml is for version 1.2 of a module. It contains migration information for version 1.0 and 1.1 http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Migration node details <migration version='1.0'... This version indicates the source version (earlier version) for which the migration should be applied. <tables> <table> <name>... <sql>... Table name to migrate. SQL to use for migration. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Module Manager Once vtlib is installed, it provides the Module Manager configuration tool under Settings. With this you can enable, disable or control settings of vtiger CRM modules. On disabling a module, it won't be shown on the Menu and access is restricted (including for the administrator). Modules are categorized as Standard (which are provided as a core part of vtiger CRM), and Custom (which you have imported or created) http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Disabling Module You can disable module by clicking on the green tick mark icon. Enabling Module You can enable module by clicking on the red tick mark icon. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Exporting Module Click on the UP arrow icon in the module manager, which will export the module as a zip file. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Importing Module Module manager will let you import new modules. Follow the steps given below: Click on the Import New button Select the module zip (package) file that was previously exported or created. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Verify the import details parsed from zipfile. Click Yes to proceed or No to cancel. Click on Finish to complete the module import. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib NOTE: If you are trying to import a module which already exists or a directory which is present in the modules folder you will see the following message. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Module Specific Settings A module can have its own specific settings. In such cases, Settings.php should be created under the module folder. This file will be invoked (if found) when Settings icon is clicked. Example: Sample Settings.php for Payslip module <?php $thisModule = $_REQUEST['formodule']; require_once('Smarty_setup.php'); $smarty = new vtigerCRM_Smarty(); // Use the module specific template file // modules/Payslip/MySettings.tpl $smarty->display(vtlib_getModuleTemplate('Payslip', 'MySettings.tpl')); ?> http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Module Upgrade Upgrading the module to next version is now possible through Module Manager. NOTE: Currently this module upgrade feature does not support deletion and modification of exiting module fields. Before you use this feature, please ensure your modified module does not change or delete existing fields. Click on the upgrade icon: Select the new package file for the module: http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Verify the package details before you upgrade: Finally your module will be upgraded: http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Appendix 1 - API Changes vtlib 2.0 contains changes to the APIs previous provided in 1.x version. The new APIs are more modular and adhere to the OOD model. We explain the changes below. Creating Module Using vtlib 1.x Vtiger_Tab::create('Payslip', 'Payslip', 'Tools'); Vtiger_Utils::CreateTable('vtiger_payslip', '(payslipid integer)'); Vtiger_Utils::CreateTable('vtiger_payslipcf', '(payslipid integer, primary key (payslipid))'); Vtiger_Utils::CreateTable('vtiger_payslipgrouprel', '(payslipid integer, groupname varchar(100), primary key(payslipid))'); Using vtlib 2.x $moduleInstance = new Vtiger_Module(); $moduleInstance->name = 'Payslip'; $moduleInstance->save(); $moduleInstance->initTables(); $menuInstance = Vtiger_Menu::getInstance('Tools'); $menuInstance->addModule($moduleInstance); Creating Block Using vtlib 1.x Vtiger_Block::create('Payslip', 'LBL_PAYSLIP_INFORMATION'); Using vtlib 2.x $blockInstance = new Vtiger_Block(); $blockInstance->label = 'LBL_PAYSLIP_INFORMATION'; $moduleInstance->addBlock($blockInstance); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Creating Field Using vtlib 1.x $fieldInstance = new Vtiger_Field(); $fieldInstance-> set('module', 'Payslip') -> set('columnname', 'payslipname') -> set('tablename', 'vtiger_payslip') -> set('columntype', 'varchar(255)') -> set('generatedtype', '1') -> set('uitype', 2) -> set('fieldname', 'payslipname') -> set('fieldlabel', 'PayslipName') -> set('readonly', '1') -> set('presence', '0') -> set('selected', '0') -> set('maximumlength', '100') -> set('sequence', null) -> set('typeofdata', 'V~M') -> set('quickcreate', '1') -> set('block', null) -> set('blocklabel', 'LBL_PAYSLIP_INFORMATION') -> set('displaytype', '1') -> set('quickcreatesequence', null) -> set('info_type', 'BAS'); $fieldInstance->create(); Using vtlib 2.x $fieldInstance = new Vtiger_Field(); $fieldInstance->name = 'PayslipName'; $fieldInstance->table = 'vtiger_payslip'; $fieldInstance->column = 'payslipname'; $fieldInstance->columntype = 'VARCHAR(100)'; $fieldInstance->uitype = 2; $fieldInstance->typeofdata = 'V~M'; $blockInstance->addField($fieldInstance); Setting Entity Identifier Using vtlib 1.x $fieldInstance->set('entityidfield', 'payslipid') ->set('entityidcolumn', 'payslipid'); $fieldInstance->setEntityIdentifier(); Using vtlib 2.x $moduleInstance->setEntityIdentifier($fieldInstance); Set Picklist Values Using vtlib 1.x $fieldInstance->setupPicklistValues( Array ('Employee', 'Trainee') ); Using vtlib 2.x $fieldInstance->setPicklistValues( Array ('Employee', 'Trainee') ); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Creating Filter Using vtlib 1.x Vtiger_CustomView::create('Payslip', 'All',true); $cv = new Vtiger_CustomView('Payslip', 'All'); $cv->addColumn($fieldInstance1) ->addColumn($fieldInstance2, 1); Using vtlib 2.x $filterInstance = new Vtiger_Filter(); $filterInstance->name = 'All'; $filterInstance->isdefault = true; $moduleInstance->addFilter($filterInstance); $filterInstance->addField($fieldInstance1)->addField($fieldInstance2, 1); Configure Tools Using vtlib 1.x Vtiger_Module::disableAction('Payslip','Import'); Vtiger_Module::enableAction('Payslip', 'Export'); Using vtlib 2.x $moduleInstance->enableTools(Array('Import', 'Merge')); $moduleInstance->disableTools('Export'); Configure Sharing Access Using vtlib 1.x Vtiger_Module::setDefaultSharingAccess('Payslip', 'Private'); Using vtlib 2.x $moduleInstance->setDefaultSharing('Private'); http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Appendix 2 ? Schema Changes Some of the vtlib API make the schema changes (either adding a new table or new column to existing table) the details are captured in this section Table Column Action Description vtiger_field helpinfo TEXT Column Addition This column will store the helptext associated with vtiger_field vtiger_language Table Addition Captures languages installed for vtiger CRM vtiger_links Table Addition Captures details of custom module links vtiger_tab version VARCHAR(10) Column Addition Track version of module in use. Useful during migration or upgrade of module. vtiger_crmentityrel Table Addition Captures the relation between module records. For Generic related list handling. vtiger_fieldmodulerel Table Addition Captures related module information for the field of uitype 10 vtiger_mailer_queue Table Additions These tables will be added when Vtiger_Mailer class will be use for sending mails asynchronously. vtiger_mailer_queueinfo http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Appendix 3 ? Using vtiger_imageurl API There are reusable images under themes/images folder and theme specific images will be under themes/<THEMENAME>/images folder. You can let the image easily configurable for each theme, please make sure to follow the steps below: In YourSmartyFile.tpl (Smarty template file) <img src=?{'myimage.gif'|@vtiger_imageurl:$THEME}?> $THEME variable will be sent by the calling script as follows: global $theme; $smarty->assign('THEME', $theme); $smarty->display('YourSmartyFile.tpl'); This gets translated to: <img src=?themes/<THEMENAME>/images/myimage.gif?> If myimage.gif exists under <THEMENAME> folder <img src=?themes/images/myimage.gif?> Default path if theme specific image is not found If you directly building the UI from PHP script, make sure to use the API as follows: vtiger_imageurl ( 'imagename', 'themename' ); NOTE: vtiger_imageurl API is defined in include/utils/VtlibUtils.php http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib Appendix 4 ? vtlib_handler Method Module class should define vtlib_handler method to handle special events triggered as described below: Event Type Description module.postinstall Once the module import is completed. module.preupdate Before updating module (package). module.postupdate After module (package) is updated. module.disabled When module is disabled. module.enabled When module is enabled. module.preuninstall Before module instance is deleted. Example: vtlib_handler function should be defined as Module Class method. /** * Invoked when special actions are performed on the module. * @param String Module name * @param String Event Type */ function vtlib_handler($modulename, $event_type) { if($event_type == 'module.postinstall') { // TODO Handle post installation actions } else if($event_type == 'module.disabled') { // TODO Handle actions when this module is disabled. } else if($event_type == 'module.enabled') { // TODO Handle actions when this module is enabled. } else if($event_type == 'module.preuninstall') { // TODO Handle actions when this module is about to be deleted. } else if($event_type == 'module.preupdate') { // TODO Handle actions before this module is updated. } else if($event_type == 'module.postupdate') { // TODO Handle actions after this module is updated. } } Usecase When a module is disabled, through vtlib_handler now it can de-register any Event notification unless it is enabled again. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib FAQs ? Frequently Asked Questions 1. How to write own templates? Reference: http://forums.vtiger.com/viewtopic.php?p=75410#75410 Now I want to set my own templates. The VTLib documentation states that I do this: Your module specific Smarty template files should be created under Smarty/templates/modules/<NewModuleName>. Use vtlib_getModuleTemplate($module, $templateName) API (include/utils/VtlibUtils.php) as: $smarty->display(vtlib_getModuleTemplate($currentModule, 'MyListview.tpl')); My question is where do I place this piece of code? In the module creator? Solution: Let us assume you want to create your own Listview for your module TestModule, what you need to do is the following: 1. Create the MyListview.tpl under Smarty/templates/modules/TestModule/MyListView.tpl 2. In your modules/TestModule/Listview.php you will need to call the smarty display as: $smarty->display(vtlib_getModuleTemplate($currentModule, 'MyListview.tpl')); Please refer: http://www.smarty.net/manual/en/ to learn more about Smarty usage. 2. How is module template used? Example below explains how the module listview action gets processed using the smarty. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib 3. Cannot See Module Manager! I?ve installed vtlib on vitger 5.0.4 I can not seem to see the module manager under settings on either, is there a file or dir I need to move some where in order for the module manager to populate? Solution: ? Enable write access to modules/, Smarty/, cron/, test/ directory before unzipping vtlib-x.y.zip ? Delete the files under folder Smarty/templates_c (having extension *.tpl.php) and refresh the Settings page, you should see Module Manager. 4. Tips for using field names 1. Preferably use small case characters for field (name and columnname). 2. Avoid any special characters like (_,:,-) in names. You can use it for labels 3. Having same value for field (name and columnname) would makes it easier to avoid confusion to start with. http://forge.vtiger.com/projects/vtlib

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