The power of InstantForum.NET Plug-ins

If you read my previous blog post you'll know the next InstantForum.NET 2010 update will contain a plug-in framework allowing developers to add additional functionality to InstantForum.NET without having to modify our source code.

This makes it much easier for customers to add custom functionality to InstantForum.NET whilst ensuring a smooth upgrqade process as we release new features & updates.

 The Join Prompt Plug-in

To ensure our plug-in framework offers everything developers need to extend the software we are developing our own set of plug-ins against our framework. One of these plug-ins is a simple modal pop=up that prompts anonymous users to register within your community. You can see this below...

Whilst quite a simple idea this plug-in demonstrates some of the possibilities with plug0ins.

You'll notice the plug-in has custom CSS, JavaScript (jQuery), it's own images and contains a ASP.NET web form for users to register within your community. This plug-in interacts with the InstantForum.NET API to get a live user count for the "Join 10,005 others within our community" label.

The plug-in also uses the InstantForum.NET API to add users & generate the required confirmation email.

The web form is actually included within a AJAX update panel and requires no page refresh.

For JavaScript the plug-in uses jQuery to provides a JavaScript API many developers are already familiar with which will hopefully speed up plug-in development.

The InstantForum.NET 2010-1 update which will include the new plug-in framework will be available for download next week. After this we intend to publish our current plug-ins & develop documentation to assist others.

As always i'll be keeping the blog updated :)


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Ryan Healey posted 12 Years Ago
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Hi Omar, Eddy,

Hope your both very well. Thank you for your feedback.

I agree a thumbnails plug-in is an awesome idea. This has been added to our list of plug-in ideas and we'll hopefully have some information soon.

With regard to the 2010-1 update we are working to make this available at some point this week. We are currently live within our own forums on the 2010-1 code and are performing some final testing to ensure we've caught all the problems reported by customers.

You can of coruse expect to see a blog post here once available for download :)
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Eddy Lucast posted 12 Years Ago
Thumbnails for attachments. Please Please Please
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Omar Almasri posted 12 Years Ago
Hi Ryan,
that will be a great add to your product
thanks for your great work.
Hope to get the first update for 2010 version
as soon as possible.
but i want to ask if  this update will also include the RTL support
for the right to left languages??

Best Regards.
Omar Almasri

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