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stew

Community Member, 30 Posts

28 October 2010 at 3:27am

Edited: 28/10/2010 3:29am

Hey guys,

I've hit a bit of a problem with a site I'm developing.

I have a DataObject called Staff that is managed via StaffPage (holds information on each member of staff; name, role, description, headshot, email address), outputting to the StaffPage is easy. However I'm wanting to be able to use the same information in the site's NewsPage and ArticlePage as the Author information - so at the end of each NewsPage/ArticlePage you get a wee bit of blurb about the writer.

I've been trying for most of the day to get this to work and I've managed to get a dropdown loaded up in the CMS (thanks to ssbits.com's dropdown population tutorial), however it wont save the information across - and I'm not convinced I've done it right anyway...

Here is the code in NewsPage:

<?php
/**
* Defines the NewsPage page type
*/
class NewsPage extends Page {
   static $db = array(
      'Date' => 'Date'
   );
   
   static $has_one = array(
      'Staff' => 'Staff'
   );
   
   static $many_many = array(
   );

   function getMyObjectOptions()
   {
    if($Pages = DataObject::get('Staff'))
    {
    return $Pages->map('ID', 'StaffName', 'Please Select');
    }
    else
    {
    return array('No Staff found');
    }
   }
   
   function getCMSFields() {
      $fields = parent::getCMSFields();
      $fields->addFieldToTab('Root.Content.Main', new DatePickerField('Date', 'Date'));
      $fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Main", new DropdownField(
       'Staff',
       'Please choose a Staff Member',
       $this->getMyObjectOptions()
      ));
      
      return $fields;
   }
   
}

class NewsPage_Controller extends Page_Controller {

}

Presumably someone has done this before, I'm just stuck at this point.

Thanks,

Stewart

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MarcusDalgren

Community Member, 288 Posts

29 October 2010 at 8:04pm

I'm not sure about this one since I usually don't use dropdowns but try calling it StaffID instead of Staff.

$fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Main", new DropdownField(
'StaffID',
'Please choose a Staff Member',
$this->getMyObjectOptions()
));

StaffID is what the actual field in the database is called so that might be why it's not saving. Let me know if it works.

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stew

Community Member, 30 Posts

2 November 2010 at 3:05am

Edited: 02/11/2010 3:11am

Yeah that worked perfectly thanks!