[development] finding blocks and getting them simpler.

Earl Miles merlin at logrus.com
Mon May 15 15:39:05 UTC 2006

Khalid B wrote:
> Like Ber and Merlin, I find myself using the delta too. In 
> template.php, I find
> myself doing this:
> function phptemplate_get_block($block_id) {
>  $block = block_block('view', $block_id);
>  return $block['content'];
> }
> Then in node/page.tpl.php I do:
> <?php print phptemplate_get_block(6); ?>
> Not pretty, and has hard coded block deltas, but it works.

I actually like this. As I get more into developing for Drupal on a 
professional level and less on a hobbyist level, I've come to realize 
that on this level, database dependencies for functionality can be bad. 
You can't easily but the database in version control; but you can put 
your template.php in version control. The fewer db dependencies you 
have, the easier it is to set up test sites for various purposes.

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