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Michael Morris 27 Apr 2007 04:01

Beta 0.0.2 introduces a major change in how Joomla handles modules. Traditionally Joomla wraps module content in one of 4 wrappers - div, 3 div, table or raw. The code of frontend.php and frontend.html.php has been rewritten so that now Joomla calls the vbulletin template engine to perform the wrapping process. The exact wrap used depends on which module position was used. The tradeoff (for the moment) is the moduleclass suffix is ignored. However this allows for much more powerful templating of the module blocks than CSS can hope to offer. It also moves the control of the module appearance fully into the vbulletin template engine which I'll wager will be more familiar to users than Joomla's engine anyway.

Tomorrow night I will do the same thing to Joomla's com_content component. Most Joomla content goes through this component so that should complete the skinning process - just keep in mind that 3rd party modules may use wildly different schema for populating their content block.

Also progress is being made on the module to view recent threads out of the vbulletin database. For those familiar with vbAdvanced you'll find most of the same options in the Joomla version of the latest topics module - but one major difference is the Joomla version will have a caching system so that instead of loading the recent threads on each view of the thread list at set intervals. This is for large boards like ENWorld where such queries can slow down the system noticeably.

Quantnet 27 Apr 2007 06:37

Keep very close watch on this.
I had joomla for a year or so before i got too tired of it. Integration is the worst. Template is another problem.

Now, look forward to seeing this to fruition.

Robru 27 Apr 2007 10:51

Thanks for this super job :)

project-Buckfas 27 Apr 2007 11:31

Very interested in this. I haven't been able to find a decent bridge so far. This looks promising!

memomemo 27 Apr 2007 13:29

Hello my setup this vJoomla beta 0 0 2 but dont work home page.


Adminpage working only homepage dont work.
Please help

Thank you

kartik786 27 Apr 2007 16:38

Does ths work with 3.6.4 ?

Reeve of shinra 27 Apr 2007 16:39

Anyone have a good example of using joomla (integrated or not) as a "____ of the month" type thing?

RedGTiVR6 27 Apr 2007 17:50


Originally Posted by Michael Morris (Post 1235891)
bbpixel hacks both Joomla and vbulletin. It merges then mirrors the user database and allows logins from both sides. This hacking means that every single time either product updates you have to reinstall the hack.

bbpixel doesn't bridge the template engines - therefore if you want a site to have a unified look and feel you have no choice but to skin the thing TWICE. vJoomla uses vbulletin's template engine and throws away Joomla's master template engine (modules can however still call and use patTemplate to build their content).

bbpixel is more mature than vJoomla having been around for a couple years. I'm working to get most of the same functionality in place as quickly as possible. The main obstacle - getting the bridge itself to work, has been accomplished.

These are the main differences. For the record I purchased bbpixel and was vastly disappointed in their customer service and how they implemented the bridge, so I wrote my own.

Thank you very much for your explination!

It's a good thing the bbpixel bridge only cost $20.

From my research, it seemed as if it was the only viable option out there.

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread religiously!

RedGTiVR6 27 Apr 2007 17:52


Originally Posted by mclark2112 (Post 1236170)
Wow, can't wait until this is fully released...

WHat about a module for having new articles create threads in vB?

this would be the pot at the end of the rainbow!

kartik786 27 Apr 2007 18:54

can someone tell me if it works on 3.6.4 , so that i can have the pleasure of using this mod on my board

Michael Morris 27 Apr 2007 19:08


Originally Posted by kartik786 (Post 1236544)
can someone tell me if it works on 3.6.4 , so that i can have the pleasure of using this mod on my board

Development of this began on 3.6.4 and I upgraded 3.6.5 midway during development without incident, so I believe it's safe to answer yes to that question.

akulion 27 Apr 2007 19:24

I dont use joomla but just wanted to give a few words of thanks and encouragement :)

Keep up the great work )

JimmDaBimm 27 Apr 2007 19:30

Thaaank you so much for working on this hack! ive ben waiting for a free bridge over month -.- and it was so close that i pay for bbpixel. Now i will watch it growing. I dont test it yet but is it posible to bridge joomla and vb without bridge the template engines?

I will test it later local. I hope this is what i have waiting for ;D.

p.s. sorry for my bad english ^^"

TheHeartSmasher 27 Apr 2007 20:21

Would it be possible to have the option of having this work without having to install joomla into the vbulletin database. So the two can have seperate databases, in case a problem happens with joomla or vb one or the other will still work.

RedGTiVR6 27 Apr 2007 20:54

What he said!

That would be ideal!

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