Since I’ve already had requests, I thought I’d post a summary of my workshop from HighEdWeb 08 along with the materials for those who couldn’t be there. From the packed house and all the followup questions, it’s pretty clear that there is a high degree of interest in this subject.
RQL is an XML based language. Queries are submitted to the server and are answered with an RQL response (similar to HTTP requests). IODATA is always the root tag. Tag names are always uppercase while attribute names are always lowercase.
Moving around the project tree is one of the most fundemental activities in RQL. When moving through the tree, you must always keep in mind that you alternate between pages and links. While we are all pretty familiar with a page, a link inculdes dynamic anchors, lists, containers, hdllists, etc.
Using RQL in SmartEdit
While Pre-Execute blocks may at first seem the logical place to use RQL in SmartEdit, they contain no session information. This means that RQL Queries inside a pre-execute block must log in and log out in addition to running the desired queries.
Using an iframe or ajax will preserve session information and make debugging substantially easier, but can inadvertendly cause security risks.
Using RQL from an External Application
If you’ve ever wanted to perform an action starting at a tree node and all following pages, this is the place to look. Moving around the tree can be dangerous. You must make sure that you properly account for references, multiple connections, recursive connections, containers as well as other issues.
The C# project contained in the handout provides both an RQL Function Library as well as the framework for safely traversing the tree from a console application.
Here’s a short listing and description of what’s included:
- RQL Admin Website: an ASP.Net 2.0 web application. Designed to be published on the CMS web server it allows users to test RQL Queries.
- RQLAutomation Project: a ASP.Net 2.0 C# Console application. The application will prompt for login credentials, a project, and then perform the specified action on the specified page and all following pages. (In class we submitted and released the page).
- Other Goodies: A collection of various SmartEdit/SmartTree RQL Plugins and associated files (including a basic RQLFunctions.asp include file).
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