[RCD] User roles plugin + inter-Plugin communication debate

emi emidaruma at gmail.com
Mon Apr 19 17:59:02 CEST 2010

Hello again!!
I've finally developed this plugin. You can find it at the RoundCube
plugins repository, http://trac.roundcube.net/wiki/Plugin_Repository ,
or directly on SourceForge,
http://sourceforge.net/projects/rolespermission/ . Read documentation
for installation instructions (as easy as normal for plugins).

There already are some feature request I have created. They are
questions and proposals for RoundCube core developers. One, the most
important (I think) is a inter-plugins communication solution other
than the JavaScript. For going everything OK, I think plugins may be
able to define other plugins default variables and/or functions. I
mean, this plugin needs other plugins variable "permissions", where
other plugins should define their own permissions. From now on, this
plugin defines a global variable to link to its instance, so other
plugins can register permissions with a public function inside their
__construct function. Nasty, I think.

So here is a plugin and an open debate.

Best regards,

2010/4/14 till <till at php.net>:
> I think its a great idea!
> On Apr 14, 2010 11:48 AM, "emi" <emidaruma at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there!!
> I'm making a plugin which does nothing but add an API and a
> preferences section to let other plugins distinguish between different
> kinds of users, what normally is called "User roles". A user may
> belong to none, one or multiple roles. Roles may be, for example,
> "Administrator", "Boss", etc. After this, other plugins may use this
> relationships to give some special rights to some users, not all of
> them.
> This could be used, for example, to do what now is done via
> config.inc.php. Can be also used for an infinity of cases: "Can add
> contacts to global address", "Can do a webconference", "Can define new
> calendars", etc.
> My idea to do so is that other plugins may declare permissions (for
> example, "Can configure MyPlugin"). Then, the master of the
> installation or those who have "Change permissions" rights could
> assign this permission to some role(s). This idea is just copied from
> Drupal, but surely it is used in many more programs.
> Do anybody has contributions/ideas/wishes for this plugin? Do any
> plugin developer see this is a good idea?
> Best regards,
> emi
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