Exercise 10: Customizing pattern


This exercise requires a working buildout using a fork of the collective.jstraining package.

In this exercise, we’ll be walking through customizing the livesearch pattern.

We will be working in the exercise10 directory of the collective.jstraining package.

Add your pattern file

In your exercise10/static directory, add a file named pattern.js. Use this file to build your pattern. This example will define a new pattern to overwrite the existing livesearch pattern:

/* global require */

], function($, Livesearch, registry) {
  'use strict';
  /* combining bundle and pattern in same file this example */

  // first, unregister existing pattern
  delete registry.patterns.livesearch;
  delete $.fn.patLivesearch;

  // creating new pattern automatically registers it
    name: 'livesearch',
    trigger: '.pat-livesearch',
    parser: 'mockup',
    init: function() {
      var that = this;

      // all we're doing in this customization is defaulting to searching
      // current section
      $('.searchSection input', that.$el)[0].checked = true;


Pay close attention to what we’re doing here:

delete registry.patterns.livesearch;
delete $.fn.patLivesearch;

We’re deleting the existing registration of the livesearch pattern.

Next, we’re extending the existing pattern:


And just overriding the init function to provide our customization(default search current section):

$('.searchSection input', that.$el)[0].checked = true;

Register static resource directory

Next, let’s register the static directory we just placed our script into. To register, you need to add ZCML registration for the static directory your script is in. Add this to the exercise10/configure.zcml file:


Register your bundle

Again, registration is done examctly the same as previous exercises:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

  <records prefix="plone.resources/exercise10"
    <value key="js">++plone++exercise10/pattern.js</value>
    <value key="css">

  <records prefix="plone.bundles/exercise10"
    <value key="resources">
    <value key="merge_with">default</value>
    <value key="enabled">True</value>
    <value key="jscompilation">++plone++exercise10/exercise10-compiled.min.js</value>
    <value key="csscompilation">++plone++exercise10/exercise10-compiled.css</value>
    <value key="last_compilation">2016-10-04 00:00:00</value>
    <value key="stub_js_modules">



We have all the files necessary to run the pattern now.

  1. Start up your Plone instance
  2. Install the Exercise 10 add-on


At this point, we have no compiled version of the code that we’re running with so our code doesn’t do anything.

  1. Go into Site Setup -> Resource Registries
  2. Check “Development Mode”
  3. Select to develop JavaScript and CSS for the exercise10 bundle
  4. Click save

Now, you should see the livesearch pattern default to searching the current section.


To build our bundle, we’ll utilize the plone-compile-resources script that Plone ships with.


If you’re not running a ZEO setup, you’ll need to shut down your Plone instance since the ZODB in this mode does not allow multiple processes to access it at the same time.

An example command will look like this:

./bin/plone-compile-resources --site-id=Plone --bundle=exercise10

Once this command finishes, your bundle is built and will be deployed with your package package.