Have you looked at tags? I think a clever use of tags might get you where you are wanting to go. By the way, very interesting website. Not sure I understand its navigation very well but who cares about that. I like the writing, the art, and that it doesn't look like a template. Good work, I think I'm gonna have start some coffee now.

Steven


On Apr 11, 2009, at 2:46 PM, Erik Ostrom wrote:

I've noticed a lot of my custom coding with Radiant is about defining
relationships between pages that cut across the tree structure.  For
example, on http://barefootcoffee.com/, a coffee has one or more varietals.
From a coffee page, you can go to any of its varietals, and from the
varietal page, to other coffees that have the same varietal. When they add or remove a coffee from the site, the associated varietal pages are updated
automatically.

Likewise, each coffee has several "marks" (organic, fair trade, etc.), and one processing method. To implement these, I've created a bunch of page
types that don't have anything to them besides a class name and an
association, and some admin page fragments that the customer uses to say
which coffees have which varietals, etc.

I've been thinking about creating a generic extension to manage these
associations. Roughly speaking, customers could define their own page types from the admin UI, and which page types can be associated with each other. (I don't know yet whether I'd actually try to generate distinct page classes and ActiveRecord associations, or just a new page attribute and one big join table.) And the extension would automatically generate select boxes as
needed for the page admin UI.

Does this sound like a good idea to anyone else? Or a bad one? (Is there a simpler way that I've been missing?) And before I get started... has anyone
implemented it already?

--Erik Ostrom
 e...@echographia.com
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