FB.Connect.streamPublish – wrestling the demons of the Facebook JS library

Yes, it’s true, I’ve officially mastered the most under documented API in history.

We are currently using the FBML method of publishing our wonderful Lord of the Rings licensed game. All has been rosey in the garden of The One Ring, until we found out that the FBJS Flash bridge is the most unimpressive piece of script I have ever seen. We found that random errors would creep into the loading of the SWF because of this bridge, and decided that the only way around it was to bite the bullet and move to iframe mode.

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Custom Messages for Zend_Form_Element::addValidator

Today I wanted to change the custom validation error messages that are generated when using Zend_Form. This isn’t as easy as I first hoped, because even with all of the documentation on the ZF site, I still had some problems understanding exactly what the Zend_Validate class needed to receive in order to display my custom errors.

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AJAX interaction with PHP, using the ContextSwitch action helper

Well, when looking to simplify some actions and views that present JSON data to pass back from AJAX queries, I was pointed in the direction of the ContextSwitch action helper. One of the default contexts available, is the JSON context, which will disable all layout, and output serialized versions of any variables found in the view. This sounded perfect for what I wanted to achieve.

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Setting view variables from within a FC Plugin

In my first post below, I covered how to create a FC plugin to ensure that a user is authenticated when they access every controller.

As part of our layout, we want to include a generic style sheet in each page, and a custom style sheet for each controller to each rendered page. As in the previous post, we wanted effectively to run some code in each and every controller, but did not want to have to include the code in each and every controller. As we already had a FC plugin that was handling the authentication, I decided to modify this to set a view variable that can be accessed from the layout.

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Want to do something in every single controller? Use a Front Controller Plugin

On our latest site, we are splitting the actual website into 3 different applications. Although some will be screaming “use Zend’s module feature!”, there is a good reason why we want to do this. Mainly, it’s because, the actually front-end advertising website will be hosted on a different domain to the actual content-rich back-end.

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