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Standard php commands


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30 March 2009 at 12:19am (Last edited: 30 March 2009 12:44am), Community Member, 128 Posts

If I used the standard php website then to display the date I would use


and I would be able to put it on the same page as other php command (f.e. the output of SQL query);

1) How one can output date (or other standard php command) with SilverStripe?

2) How one can output them on the same page as output of DataObject::get(....) ?

3) How to output on the same page two commands of the type: DataObject::get(....) (dealing with different fields of different tables)

Thank you in advance. Victor

Carbon Crayon

30 March 2009 at 1:04am Community Member, 598 Posts

Hi Victor

This is all done inside your controller. You create a punction which returns the data you want and then call it from the template via a <% control functionName %> or simply $Function.

For your date example you can just use $Now in your template as this is already setup in the content_controller which Page extends.

You can have as many controller functions as you like and so having multiple peices of data is easy.

So as an example, if I wanted to list the titles of all the pages on my site I would create a function like this in my Controller:

public function GetPages(){
return DataObject::get("Page");

then in my template I would do this:

<% control GetPages %>
<% end_control %>

Hope that helps


30 March 2009 at 1:46am Community Member, 128 Posts

Yes, it really helps!

Where can I find the description of all built-in functions like $Now ? (thanks for $Now but you help me with understanding was much more helpful)


Carbon Crayon

30 March 2009 at 2:09am Community Member, 598 Posts

You can find a list of all the fields and methods available in the template here:

However $Now is not on there and I dont think there is a page like that for controller methods, your best bet is to look through the sapphire/core/controller/ContentController.php to see all the functions in there.


1 April 2009 at 2:53am Community Member, 128 Posts

Thanks! But $Now.nice etc is on this page

Carbon Crayon

1 April 2009 at 3:31am Community Member, 598 Posts

So it is! Even better :)