[development] Profile module for D6

Allie Micka allie at pajunas.com
Thu Feb 1 20:02:16 UTC 2007

On Feb 1, 2007, at 1:29 PM, Rowan Kerr wrote:
> On 1-Feb-07, at 1:43 PM, Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
>> Maybe it would make sense to let user profiles be cck nodes  
>> instead. That would avoid a lot of code duplication.
> That's why I was asking. :) I think CCK makes a lot of sense for  
> profile fields in the long run. Will CCK be in D6 core though?

I recently upgraded jjeff's excellent bio module and added this  
capability.  What it does is allow the use of any content type as  
something that represents a profile, supplying its own content type  
by default.  The default node type is just a node.module-supplied  
title+body nodetype.  It takes very little code to do this, and could  
handily obviate profiles.

Now, the one thing you give up is the per-field permission settings  
(which were a little crufty anyway IMO).  I'd be an advocate of  
trying to re-introduce this type of access on a node level instead.   
The challenge, of course, is that there's no consistent mechanism for  
seeing which fields are on a node and where they came from (cck?  
nodeapi? its own module?).  If this issue can be addressed then it  
would be trivially easy to use nodes as profiles (well, easy except  
for the endless debating)

I think Jeff's original intent was to keep user/profile presentation  
separate from bio presentations, but profiles-as-nodes is just too  
handy to give up!

Allie Micka
pajunas interactive, inc.

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