[Webcom] Service Provider Fix/Upgrade

Ian Edwards iedwards.pub at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 13:29:20 PDT 2013

Okay - I've read the ticket now. I did see this go past a few weeks ago
(but back then it was someone else's problem!)

Frank - do we have database backups anywhere? - it's real easy to pull the
missing code from the backup. We need a backup from before 2013-01-21...

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 9:11 PM, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>wrote:

> For the sake of completeness, I'm copying this reply from Ian here:
> """
> Hi Adam,
> If we throw away what we currently have and start from scratch then I agree
> that views would be the obvious way to go.
> As far as I can see, your suggestion doesn't allow an institution to log in
> and edit their own profile - instead someone with the correct role can edit
> all 'service provider' nodes?
> Is your plan for migrating the exiting profile information to cut and
> paste?  We'd then remove the old pages and allow external search engines to
> reindex?
> The new guidelines would be to contact WebCom to get pages added or updated?
> I haven't had a proper look, but the custom PHP code does not look that
> complicated - but it's proper legacy code and presumably would require live
> editing and testing to fix.  I also don't currently understand our LDAP
> integration.  I'm happy to test and document what we currently have and
> suggest a fix. It's obvious that we'll need to replace this at some stage
> in the future, but that probably applies to many other areas of the site
> and we'll want approach any redesign in a well thought our and consistent
> way.
> Ian
> """
> On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>wrote:
>> Folks,
>> I'm opening a new thread to discuss Adam Włodarkiewicz's suggested plan
>> to fix the Service Provider Directory which is currently broken due to the
>> mysterious loss of a page of PHP code, described in:
>>   http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1105
>> Adam has suggested:
>> """
>> I propose introducing a 'service provider' content type. This would give
>> it
>> the advantage of customizable permissions and easy integration with views
>> among other Drupal goodness. Permissions can be configured to give editing
>> rights not just to osgeo.org maintainers, but any user with the correct
>> role (again, configurable in Drupal). Such role can be given to users who
>> are representatives of the service providers. Views module allows creation
>> of different kinds of lists and displays of content. A list containing
>> only
>> the service provider content type would be trivial to create, much like
>> creating filters to limit the list to only service provider from a given
>> country, etc. Further more, this filter can be exposed to the user (for
>> example as a select box) and ajax can be used to refresh the list. As far
>> as I understand, this pretty much covers the current functionality and
>> more, in addition to being drupalish. All of the above mentioned
>> configuration can be done via clicking in the administration menu.
>> Importing existing entries can be easily done via a proper import module,
>> assuming it would not be too difficult to export the current data in, for
>> example, csv format.
>> """
>> I'm slightly concerned that the filtering may be more clumsy than the
>> service provider directory.  Adam, can you point me at something similar
>> done with Drupal so I have a sense of what it might look like and interact
>> like?
>> I will note that the existing service provider directory is in a mysql
>> table
>> - the same one as the drupal content.
>> Ian has also expressed interest in helping with this issue - Ian, do you
>> have thoughts on this approach?
>> Personally, it sounds pretty good to me.  I'm wondering if it is something
>> we could start prototyping on Drupal now and just not link to it from
>> anywhere prominent on the web site.  If there are no immediate concerns
>> I would be interesting in starting an experiment on this new content type
>> and filtering interaction and could arrange appropriate access for Adam.
>> Perhaps a motion covering the experiment would be appropriate to
>> gauge support.  I'd also include adding Adam to Webcom.
>> Best regards,
>> --
>> ---------------------------------------+--------------------------------------
>> I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam,
>> warmerdam at pobox.com
>> light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
>> and watch the world go round - Rush    | Geospatial Software Developer
> --
> ---------------------------------------+--------------------------------------
> I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam,
> warmerdam at pobox.com
> light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
> and watch the world go round - Rush    | Geospatial Software Developer

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