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Plugin for creating menu from the database. Using Authake to restrict the access to the nodes.
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README

=== Cakemenu menu plugin ===
Contributor: Nik Chankov
Tags: cakephp, menu, javascript, plugin
Tested up to: 2.0.2 

Adding dynamic menu functionality to any application.

Extended from the original version for Cake 1.x
Authake has not been tested at all

== 1. Description ==

The plugin is complete solution to add menu in your applications.
It uses the nifty Superfish - jQuery menu plugin. You can find more info for it at
http://users.tpg.com.au/j_birch/plugins/superfish/

Cakemenu can work with multilevel menus and reduces the database calls by caching the
menu nodes. The plugin working with the Authake plugin http://github.com/nchankov/authake 
if you need to apply filter to menu nodes (user need to see only allowed locations)

Cakemenu works with CakePHP 2.0.2

== 2. Requirements ==

CakePHP 2.0
jQuery 1.4
Authake (if needed)

The plugin obviously require CakePHP. The plugin uses jQuery, but jQuery it's not included in the plugin.
You need to load the jQuery in your layout. The plugin uses Authake to filter the elements depending from
the user's priviledges, but it's not a requirement. If Auth component is not used the menu will be shown
without any restrictions.



== 3. Installation ==
1. Put the directory cakemenu into your /app/Plugin directory
2. import database dump from cakemenu/db folder (it contain empty cakemenu table schema).



== 4. Fetching the elements ==

In your AppController include 'Cakemenu.Cakemenu' component and helper.

    public $helpers = array(..., 'Cakemenu.Cakemenu', ...);
    public $components = array(..., 'Cakemenu.Cakemenu', ...);

in beforeFilter() function of app controller add

    $this->set('menu', $this->Cakemenu->nodes());

In your bootstrap.php add this (or load all plugins)

    CakePlugin::load('Cakemenu');

== 5. Examples and tricks for Cakemenu Component ==

node function accepts 3 parameters:
function nodes($options = array(), &$auth=null, $cache='menu')

1. options - almost identical to find() options parameter (see explanation below)
2. auth - reference to Auth component (working with Authake), but it could be used with any Auth component (see details below)
3. cache - if set to false no cache is provided. Defaults to 'menu', but it could be used to cache more than once intance of the menu. i.e. 3 sub menu nodes.

=== Options parameter ===
in the first parameter you can pass options the the Cake menu. For example it could be used to fetch only limited list of fields: 

    $this->set('menu', $this->Cakemenu->nodes(array('fields'=>array('Menu.id', 'Menu.name'))));

You can pass the same options which are applied to normal Model->find() function.
If you need to fetch only sub tree you can do this by passing 'subtree' node in the options array. This will fetch the node with id=20 and all it's sub nodes.

    $this->set('menu', $this->Cakemenu->nodes(array('subtree'=>array('id'=>20))));

If you need only the sub nodes of the specific element, it could be done with adding extra parameter to the opions array 'parent'. This will fetch the child nodes of the
element with id=20:

    $this->set('menu', $this->Cakemenu->nodes(array('subtree'=>array('id'=>20, 'parent'=>false))));

=== Auth parameter ===
the second parameter accpet an instance of Auth class. By default Cakemenu uses Authake plugin, but it could use any Auth plugin which has these 2 functions:
Auth->isAllowed($path) - return boolean true if the $path can be accessed from the user, or false if the path is not allowed.
Auth->getUserId() - return integer id of the logged user.

If Auth component is passed, every logged user will see only menus which are accessible to him. If it's cached the menu will have user ID identifier to the cache
file, so each user will have it's own cached verion. Basically if you extend default Auth component of Cakephp you can add these functions easily.

Filtering follow these rules:
1. If the node has link which is allowed - it will be included in the final array
2. If the node has link which is not allowed
    2.1 If there are children which are allowed - leave the node, but remove the link from it
    2.2 if there are no children - remove the node
    
=== Cache parameter ===
Cache parameter is responsible for the proper caching. Basically the plugin uses the default cache settings, so the cache time could
be managed from ourside. The default value of the parameter is 'menu'. This way the menu is cached and the cache file is named cake_menu
If there is auth component to the cache file is attached also the ID of the user. i.e. cake_menu_1, cake_menu_2 etc.
if you set different name i.e. 'sub_menu' the cache will be stored in the cake_sub_menu or cake_sub_menu_1 (if Auth is used)

This could be useful if you need to have 2 menu - one for main navigation and another one for sub navigation in sidebar. This way you can leave the main menu with
name 'menu', but the second menu could be cached under 'sub_menu' so you will cache properly the menus without conflicting them.



== 6. Displaying the menu ==
Once the menu nodes are fetched (see previous point) they need to be shown on the page.
Normally menu is common element so it's obvious to place it on the layout. In you default layout add following rows in order to show the menu:

    <?php
        echo $this->Cakemenu->libs();
	echo $this->Cakemenu->generate($menu);
    ?>
The first row add the necessary javascript and css links while the second one generate the html of the menu from the nested array generated in 3.
Note: Your jQuery lib need to be placed above these rows.
    
== 5. Examples and tricks for Cakemenu Helper ==
The menu can be displayed in 3 ways: horizontal, vertical and navbar (see Superfish examples http://users.tpg.com.au/j_birch/plugins/superfish/)
    
you can change the way of displaying the menu by passing parameter to the libs()
    
    echo $this->Cakemenu->libs(); //will show horizontal menu (by default) or echo $this->Cakemenu->libs('horizontal');
    echo $this->Cakemenu->libs('vertical'); //will show vertical menu
    echo $this->Cakemenu->libs('navbar'); //will show navbar
    
you can overwrite the default styles of the menu by adding the file in your /app/webroot/css file like the one in the
/app/plugins/cakemenu/webroot/css/superfish-project-example.css The example file just changes the colors of the default Superfich menu,
but it's possible to be extended if needed.

== 6. Administration of the plugin ==
The plugin contain administrative part which can be accessible at:
http://your-server.com/cake-project/cakemenu/

Note: restrict the access to this location, otherwise you risk to compromize the menu in your application.

With the interface you can add/edit/delete menu nodes as well as reorder them and change the position in the tree.
You can pass icon to each node by specifying full or relative path the the image icon.

For example http://your-server.com/cake-project/img/icon1.png or /cake-project/img/icon1.png can be used. The icon will appear infront of the node

The links could be provided in 2 ways as path:
/controller/action or /routed-location
or by providing the array string with normal cakephp ocnvention for example:
array('controller'=>'my_controller', 'action'=>'my_action', 'param')
It's better if you use the first way, but the second way is possible as well.

== Change log ==
* 1.0 [23 Apr 2010] - initial version

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