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  • aragonne
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    Hi there,

    Chapter 5 of the SilverStripe book by Ingo Schommer and Steven Broschart, specifically pages 149-150, states that to access a property of the model in the controller, the dataRecord property should be used. For example:

    class MyPage extends Page {
    static $db = array { 'MyField' => 'VarChar' };
    function getCMS() { ... }
    }

    class MyPage_Controller extends Page_Controller {
    $myField1 = $this->MyField;
    $myField2 = $this->dataRecord->MyField;
    }

    myField1 and myField2 store the same content when echo'd out. What is the advantage of using dataRecord or is it used for other situations? Examples please.

    thanks!

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