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<p><strong>BackendPro</strong> provides a customizable dashboard for the control panel. This means you can
quickly display important information the the users. It allows widgets to be created and assigned to a section 
on the dashboard. By default the user can then modify the look of the dashboard by moving widgets around and 
also by choosing not to display certain widgets.</p>

<p>The dashboard feature is controlled from <var>system/application/controllers/admin/home.php</var> controller class.
In this controller you define what widgets you want to show and what they should contain. For the controller to be able to create and 
display a dashboard it requires two classes:</p>
	<li><a href="#dashboard">Dashboard Class</a></li>
	<li><a href="#widget">Widget Class</a></li>

<p>Lets have a look at the default code in the <var>Home</var> class:</p>

function&nbsp;index()<br />
{<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;// <var>1</var> &nbsp;Include&nbsp;dashboard&nbsp;Javascript&nbsp;code<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$this->page->set_asset('admin','js','dashboard.js');<br />
<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;// <var>2</var> &nbsp;Load&nbsp;the&nbsp;dashboard&nbsp;library<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$this->load->module_library('dashboard','dashboard');<br />
<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;// <var>3</var> &nbsp;Load&nbsp;any&nbsp;widget&nbsp;libraries<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$this->load->module_library('dashboard','Statistic_widget');<br />
<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;// <var>4</var> &nbsp;Assign&nbsp;widgets&nbsp;to&nbsp;dashboard<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$this->dashboard->assign_widget(new&nbsp;widget($this->lang->line('dashboard_example'),$this->lang->line('dashboard_example_body')),'left');<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$this->dashboard->assign_widget(new&nbsp;widget($this->lang->line('dashboard_statistics'),$this->statistic_widget->create()),'right');<br />
<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;// <var>5</var> &nbsp;Load&nbsp;dashboard&nbsp;onto&nbsp;page<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$data['dashboard']&nbsp;=&nbsp;$this->dashboard->output();<br />
<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;//&nbsp;Display&nbsp;Page<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$data['header']&nbsp;=&nbsp;$this->lang->line('backendpro_dashboard');<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$data['page']&nbsp;=&nbsp;$this->config->item('backendpro_template_admin')&nbsp;.&nbsp;"home";<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$this->load->view($this->_container,$data);<br />

<p>As you can see from above this controller looks exactly like any other. Some library is called and an output is given.
So lets step through the main four sections of this code.</p>
	<li>This little section includes the <var>dashboard.js</var> javascript file which is used
	to allow the user to modify the dashboard how they want.</li>
	<li>The next section loads the required libraries I talked about earlier, and creates an instance 
	of the <a href="#dashboard">Dashboard class</a>, storing it in <dfn>$this-&gt;dashboard</dfn>.</li>
	<li>Here we load any widget classes. These basicly contain code to create the view for the widget.
	The advantage of having them in their own classes is to improve code readability. Please see <dfn>modules/dashboard/libraries/Statistics_widget.php</dfn>
	for an example. I would advise creating a similar class for every widget.</li>
	<li>This section is where I create and assign widgets to the dashboard. As you can see two widgets are created 
	and assigned to the dashboard object.</li>
	<li>This last section generates the dashboard code.</li>

<h2>Guarding a Widget</h2>

<p>You may find a time when you only want a widget to be displayed if the user has permission to view the required data. 
This can be achieved through using the <a href="acl.html">Access Control</a> feature. Lets take a look at how this may be done:</p>

if(&nbsp;<dfn>check</dfn>('<kbd>member_widget</kbd>',NULL,<kbd>FALSE</kbd>))<br />

<p>So in the example above we have used the <dfn>check</dfn> helper function to see if the user has access to the resource 
<kbd>member_widget</kbd>. By specifying the last parameter of the call 
to <dfn>check</dfn> as <kbd>FALSE</kbd> it means it will just return a boolean result instead of possibly redirecting
the user to an error page (Please see the <a href="acl.html">Access Control</a> feature for more details about this). 
If the user does pass this test, the widget will be created and assigned to the dashboard.</p>

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<h1>Dashboard Class</h1>

<p>The Dashboard class allows a dashboard object to be created and have widgets assigned to it. It can then generate all 
the required HTML code to display the dashboard to the user.</p>

<p class="important"><strong>Note</strong>: Widgets are assigned to the sections in the order you create them in the controller. 
So a widget assigned before another will appear above the later widget. Of course this is only the default setup. The 
user may change the order for their personal viewing.</p>

<h2>Dashboard Class Function Reference</h2>

<p>Assign a widget to a position on the dashboard:</p>

$this-&gt;dashboard-&gt;assign_widget(<dfn>Widget Object</dfn>,'<var>position</var>');

<p>The first parameter is a <a href="#widget">Widget Class Object</a>. Please see below for how one of these 
can be created.</p>

<p>The second parameter is the <var>position</var> where you want the widget to appear by default. It can take 
the value of <kbd>top</kbd>, <kbd>left</kbd> or <kbd>right</kbd>.</p>

<a name="widget"></a>
<h1>Widget Class</h1>

<p>The Widget class allows a widget to be created and then when needed its HTML code created. There is not much
use using the Widget class on its own, it is for that reason meant to be used in conjunction 
with the <a href="#dashboard">Dashboard</a> class.</p>

<h2>Using the class</h2>

<p>You only need to know how to create a widget object to use the Widget class, 
since the <a href="#dashboard">Dashboard</a> class takes care of everything else.</p>

<p>Lets look at an example:</p>

<p>In the example above as you can see a new Widget object being declared and its <var>name</var> and <var>content</var>
being passed as parameters. Thats all you need to know.</p>

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