Archive for November, 2008

Problems with index module routing in symfony

I was working on simple symfony website consisting of just one application and one module. Naturally, I wasn’t too creative and choose ‘frontend’ as application name and ‘index’ for module name. When I started to test it on production, it wasn’t working at all except default action. It was giving me 404 error.
After spending some time debugging and logging symfony and mod_rewrite I’ve found out the problem. Rewrite rule was sending me to /index.php/actionname instead of index.php/index/actionname.
The problem was in apache option MultiViews, as soon as I removed it everything started to work as expected. This option tells webserver to search for foo/filename.* if foo/filename wasn’t found.
I had this option enabled in my default virtual host config in my apache distribution and I had never paid any attention to it before.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Matlab. Adding annotations to graph’s points.

If you need to display any value or text (for example current point’s value) near different points of your graph in MatLab, you can use text(x,y,’string’) function.

For example:

x = -pi:pi/10:pi;
y = sin(x);
figure('Name', 'Sample graph'), plot(x, y, '--rs');
% Label some points
for i=8:size(x,2)-8
text(x(i), y(i), ['\leftarrow (', num2str(x(i)), ';', num2str(y(i)), ')']);

Here is the output:


Output sample

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Theming language selector in Drupal

Unfortunately Drupal (as in version 6.5) doesn’t allow easy theming for language selector. However it’s still possible with theme function overriding. Look at the code.

function yourtheme_links($links, $attributes = array('class' => 'links')) {
	list(,$first_link) = each($links);
	if (($first_link['attributes']['class'] == 'language-link')) {
		global $language;
		$new_links = array();
		$num_links = count($links);
		$i = 0;
		foreach ($links as $link) {
			$i ++;
			$link['title'] = '<span class="bg">' . $link['title'] . '</span>';
			$link['html']	= true;
			if ($link['language']->language == $language->language)
				$link['attributes']['class'] = 'selected';
			$new_links[] = $link;
			if ($i < $num_links)
				$new_links[] = array(
					'title'	=> '|',
					'attributes'	=> array('class'	=> 'separator')
		$links = $new_links;
	return theme_links($links, $attributes);

It adds ‘selected’ class to the current language (which I think logical) and adds separator element between language links. You can customize them as you wish.

Thursday, November 13th, 2008