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DataObjectManager Module

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Getting Fields from related tables


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23 December 2009 at 11:35am (Last edited: 23 December 2009 11:36am), Community Member, 32 Posts

This maybe a dumb question - I am still learning SilverStripe in general....

I am building a Song Library module for a client. My classes are:

Songs - Title, Lyrics, Author
Theme - Title
SubTheme - Title.

Songs have many SubThemes. SubThemes have one Theme.
I am using ModelAdmin and ManyManyDataObjectManager to provide a CMS interface for the library. MMDOM is used on the Songs CMS page to allow the user to select the SubThemes for the song. This is working great, but I am stuck with two things:

1. I want the MMDOM to display ALL the SubThemes not just the first 10 by default.
2. I want to include a column with the Theme for each SubTheme.

My current code for the cms is

function getCMSFields() {
$f = parent::getCMSFields();
$manager = new ManyManyDataObjectManager(
$this, // Controller
       'SubThemes', // Source name
'SubTheme', // Source class
'getCMSFields_forPopup' );
$f->removeFieldFromTab('Root', 'SubThemes'); // replace the tab with MMDOM tab
$f->addFieldToTab('Root.Theme', $manager);
return $f; }

I can post my classes too if that helps. Any advice much appreciated.


23 December 2009 at 1:53pm 4085 Posts

You can set the number of records per page using the setPerPage() function. You can also customize the indexes of the page lengths using setPerPageMap(array('100','200',300')), for instance, if 10,20,30,etc. is too small for you.

To show related fields, just use the dot syntax like you use on your templates.

SomeRelation.SomeField => 'Related object field'


24 December 2009 at 12:37am Community Member, 32 Posts

Thanks for this - but I'm sorry, I still can't get it to work. I have added the line:


And that produces the following error in the CMS (via JavaScript):

Error: "Couldn't run query: SELECT `SubTheme`.*, `SubTheme`.ID, if(`SubTheme`.ClassName,`SubTheme`.ClassName,'SubTheme') AS RecordClassName, Theme.Title, IF(`SongID` IS NULL, '0', '1') AS Checked FROM `SubTheme` LEFT JOIN `Song_SubThemes` ON (`SubTheme`.`ID` = `SubThemeID` AND `SongID` = '2') GROUP BY `SubTheme`.ID ORDER BY Created DESC LIMIT 0, 10 Unknown column 'Theme.Title' in 'field list'" at line 401 of /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/sapphire/core/model/MySQLDatabase.php

Also, I can't get the SetPerPage() function working... can you give me an example line?


24 December 2009 at 3:46am 4085 Posts

In your SubTheme object, write a method like this:

public function getThemeName()
return $this->Theme()->Name;

(assuming the relation name is "Theme" and "Name" is a field of the theme object.. customise as needed)

then in your headings array,

'ThemeName' => 'Theme name'

I was wrong on setPerPage().. it's setPageSize()

$f->addFieldToTab($dom = new ManyManyDataObjectManager(..... ));
return $f;


24 December 2009 at 5:25am Community Member, 32 Posts

That's great - working perfectly now. Thanks for all your help.