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  • UncleCheese
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    Determining if a field is empty Link to this post

    I have a function that I add to most of my data types that looks like this:

    function has($field)
    return !empty($this->{$field});

    I use this to determine at the template level whether or not a specific field has any data, because sometimes the template will require different display logic if it doesn't. For instance:

    <% if has(Email) %>
    <% else %>
    <% end_if %>

    My question is, first of all, is this a common practice, or is there an easier way? Secondly, how come when I had this function in my controller it was throwing a PHP error on the template syntax, but when I moved it to my data model, it worked fine? Aren't all template functions supposed to be in the controller? Weird.

  • dio5
    Community Member
    501 Posts

    Re: Determining if a field is empty Link to this post

    I just do

    <% if Email %>
    <% else %>
    <% end_if %>

    without any function.

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