com_xbfilms v0.2.4 (Release Candidate 1) 
20th January 2021  

xbFilms is a component for cataloguing books you have read and reviews of them. Version 0.2.4is the first full release candidate, it should still really not be used on production sites (although I am ;-) ). The functionality for v1.0 Release is all in place, albeit with plenty of rough edges and room for improvements.

com_xbbooks v0.6.7 (Release Candidate 2) 
20th January 2021  

xbBooks is a component for cataloguing books you have read and reviews of them. Version 0.6.7 is the current release candidate, it should still really not be used on production sites (although I am ;-) ). The functionality for v1.0 stable Release is all in place, albeit with plenty of rough edges and room for improvements.

It started out as I needed something to replace a flat-file database I had been using to save details of books I read and short reviews/comments. Previous to that I had been using a simple spreadsheet and originally an paper file.

pkg_xbedhidelight v0.2.0.2 
23rd July 2019 

xbEdHideLight is a spin-off from xbFootnoteTag which provides the facility to highlight or hide text in the editor (TinyMCE or JCE) WYSIWYG view whilst having no effect on the front end article display.

I find Highlighting is useful for marking sections of text that need revision or updating later, and I use Hiding to conceal long shortcodes that clutter up the edit view once they are working.

pkg_xbfootnotetag v1.0.1 
15th July 2019 

xbFootnoteTag was originally created to assist with creating and maintaining references, or other recurring snippets of information in articles. As well as generating conventional footnotes (linked by either a number or a citation title) since we are in a hypertext environment it makes sense to provide an option to have the reference appear as a popover either instead of or as well as a footnote (footnotes work better if the article gets printed).

plg_system_xbtruncstring v1.0.0.0 
23rd June 2019 

Joomla JHtml::string.truncate() function has a couple of minor but annoying bugs. See previous article TruncString Bugs and blog post for details. The new System Plugin xbTruncString provides an override for only this function rather than having to override the entire string.php library code (eg by using the mvcoverride plugin) and then maintain it when any part is updated in the core. 

Function declaration:

public static function truncate($text, $length = 0, $noSplit = true, $allowHtml = true)

com_xbartman v1.0.0.0 
31st January 2019 

xbArtMan is a component to provide some additional tools for backend administration of Joomla content. Initially it focuses on three areas that I have had difficulty with - seeing what tags are assigned to which articles, seeing what links are embedded in articles and defined as related item links (and checking that they are valid), and seeing what images are used in which articles.