[geeklog-devel] Custom user attributes in GL2

dwight at trumbower.com dwight at trumbower.com
Wed Dec 15 17:36:01 EST 2004

Ok, I'm confused. I don't see username and password as custom attributes.

Custom attributes are usually used to enhance the base package and allow
customers to add a few fields of data to customize a screen. The old days,
you just created 5-10 fields, called user1, user2,...user10. So every
table had 10 extra fields.

The new way puts only the fields you want in a combined table, just like
your List Of Values(LOV) table.

The hard part is displaying these fields. The easiest way is to have them
all grouped together at the end of a screen. Know when people want to move
them around in different places, it gets tricky.

Also if you need to handle select option fields, radio fields and check
box fields there will need some more supporting tables.


> I'm fine with data driving the custom user stuff..l
> I would still say, though, you'd want real columns in the GL2 user table
> for thing we know we need (i.e. username, password, etc) for performance
> reasons alone, right?  Regardless, going this route will make the use of
> Propel a little bit messy as the user class generated by propel won't
> know anything about the custom attributes in the database.
> Also, for clarity, are you suggesting we do this for all plugin specific
> user attributes?  I don't think you are and if you are we probably want
> to discuss the pros/cons between that and having a plugins specific user
> table with a one-to-one relationship with the kernel user table.
> --Tony
> Vincent Furia wrote:
>>I'm with Dwight.  This way all user data is in one place (and the
>>plugins can put user data there as well).
>>On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 16:16:44 -0500 (EST), dwight at trumbower.com
>><dwight at trumbower.com> wrote:
>>>The easiest way I know of, one table.
>>>column name - String
>>>column type - specifies, long, int, string ect
>>>column data - data as a string
>>>Might need xref table to show where it is used. At least this is how
>>> would
>>>>Anybody have any input on how to best address providing the community
>>>>with fairly easy way to add custom attributes for users in GL2?
>>>>I don't I have a good idea on how to do this.  My hopes are that
>>>> plugins
>>>>would have their own one-to-one mapping from the core user table to
>>>>their own user table with addition information.  Assuming that is OK,
>>>>how do we handle things the site admin simply wants to add (e.g. msn
>>>> id,
>>>>pgp key, etc).
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