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How to test for Children()


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tazzydemon

Community Member, 122 Posts

20 August 2013 at 12:47pm

I have this function in a custom page_controller to work out how many "columns" of display items I have for css purposes. Its children with published children.

The problem is that $child->Children() returns an arraylist and therefore effectively true even when there are no published items and the printing sub-loop returns null.

As a result the count is wrong. I also use <% if Children %> in my templates.

Is there an alternative function?

public function columnCount(){
$count = 0;
if($this->Children()){
foreach($this->Children() as $child){
if($child->Children()){
$count++;
// following 4 lines just for test
foreach($child->Children() as $mokopuna){
print_r("Child name: ");
print_r($mokopuna->URLSegment.' - '.$mokopuna->URLSegment);
print_r("<BR>");
}
}
print_r("<hr>");
}
};
return $count;
}

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tazzydemon

Community Member, 122 Posts

20 August 2013 at 12:48pm

Doh, think I might have figured it out all my by own self...

test for $child->Children()->count()

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Mo

Community Member, 509 Posts

22 August 2013 at 11:07pm

Assuming you are using SS 3, Children should return a DataList.

So, you should be able to use:

if($this->Children()->exists()) {}

Or (in a template):

<% if $Children.exists %><% end_if %>

Mo

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copernican

Community Member, 189 Posts

23 August 2013 at 12:14am

Did you try using the built in [url=http://doc.silverstripe.org/framework/en/reference/templates#modulus-and-multipleof]Modulus[/url] template variable? Would probably be easier then creating your own function to do the counting. Maybe not applicable for what you are trying to do though.

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tazzydemon

Community Member, 122 Posts

27 August 2013 at 4:10pm

Thanks.

BTW I don't think you need the $ inside the <% %>

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tazzydemon

Community Member, 122 Posts

27 August 2013 at 4:13pm

I've used modulus elsewhere. This was just to start off loops like <ul>.. etc.

I also have to precount things to figure out responsive column sizes in the controller

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Mo

Community Member, 509 Posts

28 August 2013 at 6:59am

Edited: 28/08/2013 6:59am

Hi Tazzydemon,

You are right, $ isn't required inside <% %>, but last docs I say indicated that you should use $, so I have been training myself to use it, just incase variables without $ are depreciated in the near future.

Also, not sure if this is useful, or if you are aware, but you should also be able to call count inside your template, EG:

$Children.Count
<% if $Children.Count = 1 %>

Cheers,

Mo