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Control loop of Data Object not working


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Community Member, 2 Posts

24 May 2011 at 1:57pm

Edited: 24/05/2011 1:58pm


I have set up a data object of testimonials that I want to display on the homepage of my site.

I've set it up so I add my testimonials on a testimonials tab when editing the homepage. It all seems to work fine, but I am having trouble displaying them through a control loop.


* Defines the Quote data object
class Quote extends DataObject {

   static $db = array (
      'Quote' => 'Text',
      'Company' => 'Varchar(255)',
      'Name' => 'Varchar(255)'
   function getCMSFields_forPopup() {
      $fields = new FieldSet();
      $fields->push( new TextField( 'Quote' ) );
      $fields->push( new TextField( 'Company' ) );
      $fields->push( new TextField( 'Name' ) );
      return $fields;
static $has_one = array (
      'HomePage' => 'HomePage'



* Defines the HomePage page type

class HomePage extends Page {

static $db = array(
'H1Heading' => 'Text',
      'BannerHeading' => 'Text',
      'BannerTxt' => 'HTMLText'

static $has_one = array(

static $has_many = array (
      'Quotes' => 'Quote'

public function getCMSFields() {
$fields = parent::getCMSFields();

$fields->addFieldsToTab('Root.Content.Main', new TextField('H1Heading', 'H1 Heading'), 'Content');
      $fields->addFieldsToTab('Root.Content.Main', new TextField('BannerHeading', 'Banner Heading'), 'Content');
      $fields->addFieldsToTab('Root.Content.Main', new HtmlEditorField("BannerTxt","Banner Text"), 'Content');
      $tablefield = new HasManyComplexTableField(
            'Quote' => 'Quote','Company'=>'Company','Name' => 'Name'
         $tablefield->setAddTitle( 'A Testimonial' );
         $fields->addFieldToTab( 'Root.Content.Quotes', $tablefield );
return $fields;


class HomePage_Controller extends Page_Controller {

} Control Loop

<% if Quotes %>
   <% control Quotes %>
   <div class="testimonials">
<p><span class="quoteStart">&#8220;</span>$Quote<span class="quoteEnd">&#8221;</span></p>
<div class="quoteSource"><p>$Name<strong>$Company</strong></p></div>
   <% end_control %>
<% else %>
No Quotes
<% end_if %>

I'm new to Silverstripe and think I have got everything correct. If anyone could let me know what I might have wrong, that would be great.

Thanks in advance


Forum Moderator, 1808 Posts

24 May 2011 at 8:32pm

As always the exact "trouble" would be handy to know, I'll assume "No Quotes" is showing...

Firstly, read this for the debugging stuff (if you have not already),

Secondly I would create a new controller function like this to test things are generally working...

function MyQuotes() {
return DataObject::get('Quote');

Then I'd try...

function MyQuotes() {
return DataObject::get('Quote','HomePageID='.$this->ID);


function MyQuotes() {
return $this->Quote;

I'd use Debug::show to check each of the functions is being called and returning the right values...