Forum OpenACS Development: Re: OpenACS: the core and the packages/plugins
I was trying to get a working set of packages on Windows and Maurizio was debugging/fixing the things I was running into. I am new to OpenACS and am trying to work my way through the maze of historical packages to find the functions I need. In the case of Contacts, I just need a place to store information (phone numbers, emails, roles, etc) about people related a community and Contacts looked like a likely candidate. If that is not the package that is kept up to date, which package(s) do OpenACS communities use to store basic contact information?
Thank you in advance.
I am personally not aware of a package that does exactly that, and I do not advocate against the Contacts package if it serves your purpose, just expect some maintenance to be needed. I will be happy to port any fix or improvement upstream, if you will be so kind to share it with us.
What I'm looking for is just basic contact information storage. It would be similar to the data that is stored in pretty much every email program and every mobile phone these days so I was expecting it would be data that most online communities needed to store. I'd be happy to share any fixes that I fund and those fixes would come through Maurizio since I'm still too new to OpenACS to attempt any change myself.
another option for you might be the Attribute Management System (or Dynfields as it is called in Project Open) https://openacs.org/xowiki/ams which you could use to add whatever attributes you need (phone numbers, emails etc) to the PARTY object. I haven't personally used it, but from what I know it should be a good fit. Hopefully someone can correct me if there is a better tool.
the Contacts package relies on AMS.