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Using BB Codes: Tips & Tricks (Programmers Guide)

Discussion in 'Development Tutorials [Archive]' started by Jeremy, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    I'll call myself a self-addicted BBCode programmer on XenForo. Many of you may use BB Code Manager, but I'm slowly reading and learning new items about XenForos BB Code System. I suggest you read the comprehensive guide on creating BB Codes, as I will not be touching upon them here.

    Setting up a Parser: Using "Base"

    XenForo using a static function called create() within the XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base class. Normal usage is done as this:
    $parser = new XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base::create('XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base'$optionsArray);
    However, if I am creating "Base" we can use the following and get the same results:
    $parser = new XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base::create();
    Setting up a Parser: Using non-Base XenForo parsers

    In addition, if I wanted to create an instance of XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Text, I would use the following code (omitting the options here):
    $parser = new XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base::create('XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Text');
    The create() method includes a small check to see if the $class parameter of create() (the first one) includes the underscore character ('_'). If it doesn't, it automatically adds, "XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_" to the beginning of $class. Meaning, the following code will allow you to set up a parser with less typing on your end:
    $parser = new XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base::create('Text');
    As I continue read-throughs of BB Code classes & functions, I will continue to expand this list. :) (Probably will be adding more tonight as well.)

    Implementing an Image Count limit option

    Thanks to ragtek for the initial tip, however, here's a more indepth (XenForo based) top on how to use XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_ImageCount to add a limit on the number of images and media within a single post in your add-on. This class extends XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base and makes 2 changes, ands 2 variables, and two functions. You gain a function to access each count variable added, getImageCount() and getMediaCount(), which can allow for your checking system. Here's an example using a fictional setting: myAddon_max_images_and_media.
    $parser = new XenForo_Formatter_Base::create('ImageCount');
    $count XenForo_Application::get('options')->myAddon_max_images_and_media;
    $parser->getImageCount() + $parser->getMediaCount()) > $count)
    throw new 
    XenForo_Exception(new XenForo_Phrase('myAddon_toomanymedia'), true);
    Of course, these can be separated at will, but the idea is the same. You would of course handle the error in which ever way you choose.
    ragtek, EQnoble, Bob and 1 other person like this.
  2. ragtek

    ragtek Guest


    this tutorial helped me a little bit and made me longing to know (hope that's the right meaning^^, that's what google translate showed for german "neugierig")...

    nevermind, b2t:

    it seems that the formatter is also great to validate the message, like xenforo does with the max. Image & Media check via XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_ImageCount
    (for example to count the links / or to check for deadlinks).
              $formatter XenForo_BbCode_Formatter_Base::create('Ragtek_LC_LinkCounter'false);
    $parser = new XenForo_BbCode_Parser($formatter);

                if (
    $formatter->getLinkCount() > AND !$visitor->isAllowedToPostLink()) {
    $this->error(new XenForo_Phrase('ragtek_pmc_not_allowed_to_post_links'), 'message');

                if (
    $invalidLink $formatter->searchDeadLinks()){
    $this->error(new XenForo_Phrase('ragtek_pmc_dead_link', array('link'  => $invalidLink), 'message'));
    hope it's ok that i wrote this here^^ (if not, feel free to report this post so somebody deletes it^^)
  3. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    The basic idea was to create a stock pile of tips.

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