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Yet another nested controls problem


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17 August 2010 at 2:28am Community Member, 6 Posts

I'm trying to build a site in Silverstripe and so far it has proven to be quite frustrating. Let's just say that if I wrote it from the ground up in plain PHP it would be live now. ;)

I'm having some nested controls that I've sort of got working after lots of headaches but I just can't close the bag on this one. It's probably dead simple, but I haven't managed to find anythjing that can help me. Google certainly isn't my friend in this case.

I have to separate MySQL queries. The first one shows a list of companies and the second one counts the number of products by that company. This is supposed to be output like this:

Company 1 - (2 products)
Company 2 - (2 product)

The following dummy I set up works like I want it to:

<% control TheCompanies %>
<a href="/companies/$ID/">$CompanyName</a> -

<% control Top.TheCompany(10) %>
($TheNumber products)<br />
<% end_control %>
<% end_control %>

This dummy now shows the name for company and then shows the number of products for company with ID number 10.

Now I of course want the ID number to be relative to the right company ID (not just number 10). So I've tried the following:

<% control Top.TheCompany($ID) %>


<% control Top.TheCompany($TheCompanies.ID) %>

But that doesn't work at all. How do I get the $ID from TheCompanies control block into the TheCompany control block?


17 August 2010 at 6:38am Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts


You might have got it live by now... but you wouldn't have got all the stuff ss has in it if you worte it yourself ;-)


there is only one pass made of the template so it cannot be passed the $ID into a function and you'll instead have to preload all the data into the TheCompanies, I'd do the following...

function TheCompanies ()
   $dosCompanies = DataObject::get('Company');//or however you do that...
   if ($dosCompanies)
      foreach ($dosCompanies as $doCompany)
         $dosSubSet = DataObject::get('CompanyData','ID = '.$doCompany->ID);
         $doCompany->TheCompanySubDataObject = $dosSubSet;
         $doCompany->TheCount = $dosSubSet->TotalItems();
   return $dosCompanies;

<% control TheCompanies %>
   <% control TheCompanySubDataObject %>
   <% end_control %>
<% end_control %>

Untested but it is in the right direction...



17 August 2010 at 8:23am (Last edited: 17 August 2010 8:25am), Community Member, 6 Posts

Thanks for the reply, swaiba. I'll try and see if I can get your method working tonight.

Silverstripe's way of doing things is all Greek to me now, but I'm sure the penny will drop soon. :D


17 August 2010 at 9:17am Community Member, 6 Posts

Worked like a charm straight out of the box!

Thanks a lot Barry! :)


2 June 2011 at 6:52pm Community Member, 23 Posts

That was EXACTLY what I needed! Thanx for both - the already asked question and the answer ;)



2 June 2011 at 9:02pm Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

You are both very welcome :)


2 June 2011 at 9:45pm (Last edited: 2 June 2011 9:48pm), Community Member, 244 Posts

This is a bad way to do this - it generates a huge amount of DB queries. You'd probably want to query the database in one hit for company name and the count of matching companydata objects, then push this into a DataObjectSet and render it.