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Skills not importing

Skills not importing

I cannot reply on my original post. Quite a few days have past
Was there any resolution on the issue where skills are not pulling from LinkedIn?

Original Post "http://www.sourcecoast.com/forums/jlinked/jlinked-joomla-25-support/5244-skills-field"

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Re: Skills not importing

Securepro,
Sorry for the delay! Unfortunately, I don't have any great news for you, yet. We just (today, actually) got out the next release of JFBconnect which has consumed a bit more time than we anticipated. The next steps for us are to focus back on JLinked and make Joomla 3.0 compatible release as well as adding the automatic account creation ability so you can register users without any forms.

We already have this issue in our tracker and I will make sure we look into it pretty soon here so it doesn't get lost again. As soon as we have a solution for the next release, we'll let you know what it is as well so you can implement it in the current release.

Thanks for your patience. If there is a huge urgency on the matter, please also let us know that. This is a higher priority thing for us, but with the holidays, it may not be until a week or two under normal conditions that we'd get to it. If you are launching a site next week and absolutely need this, we can do what we can sooner.

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Re: Skills not importing

I do need it sooner rather than later but it is not an emergency. 
Also, it would be great if the new version could pull at least the number of endorsements a skill gets.
This is a new feature from LinkedIn which helps prove relevance of an individual in a particular industry or niche.

Also while we are talking about features... Is there already a built-in way to have JLinked post a "I joined this site" message on LinkedIn as part of the registration process? 

Take a look at JobChangeNotifier (No affiliation to me).  The second step of their registration process has a simple permission checkbox.  This is a simple and effective way to get people to promote your site.

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Re: Skills not importing

Very sorry for the delays. LinkedIn has been changing how they return data and it hasn't been announced as well as we'd like. We're going through a lot of the profile fields now to clean things up with the changes, and found the problem with the Skills field. The fix will be in the JLinked v2.0 release later this month or early January.

Anyways, the fix for this problem turns out to be pretty easy to implement even though it was a little more difficult to diagnose. To fix, please edit the /components/com_jlinked/libraries/jlinkeddata.php file. Around line 249, you'll see:

Code:

    function _getSkill($element, $index)

    {
        $newValue = '';
        if (isset($element->skill[$index]))
        {
            $skill = $element->skill[$index];
            $newValue = $skill->name;  // <----------------------------
        }
        return $newValue;
    }

Change that line that I called out above to:

Code:

            $newValue = $skill->skill->name;

That should fix you up. If you run into issues with other fields, just let us know and we should be able to narrow down the problem much faster going forward.

Finally, I just extended your subscription by 2 months as a thank you for your patience. Sorry again for the delays on this, and hopefully this gets you going.

Thanks,
Alex

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Re: Skills not importing

Looks good.
The only problem is that the skills can be 1 or 5 or 100.  Please consider addressing that in JLinked2.0.
Thanks!
Greg

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Re: Skills not importing

That goes back to the concatenation stuff that I mentioned in the other email. If a user has 100 skills, what would you like:
1) They be imported into separate fields
2) They are simply comma separated values that you insert into one field

Either should actually be pretty easy to implement, even in the current version, so let us know what you'd like and I'll try to help!

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Re: Skills not importing

What I would really like is for the skills to populate a multi-select field.
Once there, I can do anything I want with it and the DB is not inundated with a plethora of new fields.

Because, LinkedIn allows anyone to create a new skill.
The next hurtle would be to automatically add new skills to the local drop down list for search filters
and so non-LinkedIn members can select their skills.

The final hurtle would be to import and store the number of endorsements per skill. 
This would allow skills with high endorsement counts to be highlighted on member profiles or again as a search filter.

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