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Drupal example source code file (DEVELOPER.txt)

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The DEVELOPER.txt Drupal example source code

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Some notes for developers working on the rules code
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Terminology & Overview
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  * Rules plugins extend the "rules language". Thus conditions and actions are
    implemented with a plugin, but also loops or ORs are plugins. Each plugin is
    declared to be used in the condition or the action part - specified by the
    interface.
  * The action and condition plugin are a so called "AbstractPlugin" which means
    they have to be implemented by modules to be actually usable. In fact the
    callbacks provided by the action or condition implementation are
    incorporated in the plugin object using faces. That way an action or
    condition element behaves exactly like any other plugin instance. 
  * Any rule element is an instance of a RulesPlugin. 
  * A rules configuration consists of multiple rule elements while one is the
    root element, which may be a 'rule' but also any other plugin.
  * Each rules configuration may be persistently saved to the db using the
    entity CRUD API. Using the API on contained rule elements is working too and
    results in the whole configuration being updated.
  * Rules provides per plugin UI components, what makes the UI parts re-usable
    outside of the rule admin module too. In fact the rules admin module is
    pretty small, as it just relies on the provided UI of the components.
  * The UI is incorporated using the faces object extension mechanism, see
    rules_rules_plugin_info() for an overview of the used UI extenders.

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