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DataObjectManager Module

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passing php variable to template


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23 June 2010 at 5:57am Community Member, 211 Posts


I've been trying for a while to add php variable to the <param name="flashvars" /> for the flash object.

I'm finally close to it as I can pass to the template the value returned by my flashvarFunction() that way :

<param name="flashvars" value=$flashvarFunction/>

This works fine but now I want to do the same thing based on the dataobjectmanager example with let's say the Author or Quote value.

I'm not a php coder so I find it hard bur I'm sure there is a way of returning those value

Can someone help me ?

Thanks a lot

Here is the code

class TestimonialPage extends Page
   static $has_many = array (
      'Testimonials' => 'Testimonial'

   public function getCMSFields()
      $f = parent::getCMSFields();
      $f->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Testimonials", new DataObjectManager(
         array('Author'=>'Author','Quote' => 'Quote'),
      return $f;


   class TestimonialPage_Controller extends Page_Controller

   function ShowTestimonials() {
return DataObject::get('Testimonials','Quote','Author');

function flashvarFunction() {

$flashVar="'myFlashVar=titopt'" ;
return $flashVar;




23 June 2010 at 8:45am (Last edited: 23 June 2010 8:46am), Community Member, 901 Posts


I usually use [url=]SWF Object[/url] to embed flash content. There you can pass the variables via JavaScript and you can easily pass them from PHP by using the json_encode function.

Of course it also works fine without SWFObject:
Since plain flashvars are passed in a http query-string format, you could use the PHP http_build_query function ( So your function would look something like this:

function flashvarFunction(){
   $data = array(
      'titlevar' => $this->Title,
      'othervar' => 'Some other value?'
   return http_build_query($data);

You can populate your $data array with anything you want..


23 June 2010 at 8:47pm Community Member, 211 Posts


thanks for your answer

I will try this solution but my problem is that I don't know how to retrieve (see the code) the values of 'Quote' or 'Author'

for the template part it works with : return DataObject::get('Testimonials','Quote','Author');

but for my flashvarFunction() i don't know how to write something like :

$flashVar = $Quote

maybe I have to access the array but I don't know how to get it.

Please help

thank you



24 June 2010 at 2:55am 4085 Posts

This is wrong:

return DataObject::get('Testimonials','Quote','Author');

The arguments for the get() function are $class, $filter, $sort, $join, $limit.. Not a list of all the fields you want.

In fact, on a TestimonialsPage, that function is not needed, because you can automatically get all the Testimonial object on the page with $this->Testimonials(). So lose that function.

All you need is to edit your Testimonial class, and add:

public function FlashVars() {
$vars = array (
'Quote' => $this->Quote,
'Author' => $this->Author,
'Something' => 'Else',
'Brie' => 'Fromage'
return http_build_query($vars);

Then on your template:

<% control Testimonials %>
Quote is $Quote
Author is $Author
<object src="some.swf?{$FlashVars}"></object>
<% end_control %>


24 June 2010 at 3:45am Community Member, 211 Posts

Merci encore et encore Oncle fromage !

Puis je te poser une autre question sur flash ? :

J'ai un drole de probleme dans un script je charge une image avec :

loader.load(new URLRequest("image_01.jpg"));

cela fonctionne tres bien en local car l'image et le swf sont dans le même dossier, donc dans le cms j'ai mis le swf et l'image dans le même dossier :assets/swf/flashmovie.swf

mais cela ne marche pas mon image n'est pas chargée aurais tu une suggestion ?

Merci encore