I've just added three new videos for subscribers to Learn the Art of Joomla to the Joomla 1.6 component section. Each video covers an aspect of preparing a database for a component and also preparing the PHP table class that is used to load and store records.
Lesson 2.7 Planning the database schema
This lesson covers how to plan your database requirements for a Joomla 1.6 component and also looks at the standard fields that Joomla uses for publishing, ordering, access control, language and web page meta information. The "Hello World" component is going to be expanded to be able to say "hello" in any language.
Lesson 2.8 Creating the database table
This lesson walks you through a database editor to create the database table for a Joomla 1.6 component. Each field type is explained in detail.
Lesson 2.9 Adding the table class
This lesson uses the Eclipse snippet library to create a basic Joomla 1.6 JTable class to support future edit operations on the hello message records that will be created in the next lessons.
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