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  • jaaf
    Community Member
    24 Posts

    How to use an OptionsetField ? Link to this post

    I am alway relatively new to SilverStripe and not very used to PHP programming.

    I would like to do an ArticleHolder whose behaviour depend on a var (here MyType)
    I did the following in the DataObject

    class ArticleHolder extends Page {

    private static $allowed_children = array('ArticlePage');
    private static $db=array(
       'MyType' => "Varchar(10)"

    public function getCMSFields() {
    $fields = parent::getCMSFields();
       $typeField = new OptionsetField(
          $name = "MyTypeID",
          $title = "Type de conteneur",
          $source = array(
          "1" => "Option 1",
          "2" => "Option 2",
          "3" => "Option 3",
          "4" => "Option 4",
          "5" => "Option 5"

    return $fields;

    class ArticleHolder_Controller extends Page_Controller {

    Apparently, in the cms I have the right option set, but when I select a value and register, the selection is lost.
    What should I do in order for my ArticleHolder to memorize the user's choice ?

  • kinglozzer
    Community Member
    140 Posts

    Re: How to use an OptionsetField ? Link to this post

    Hi jaaf,

    Your database field is called 'MyType', but your field name is 'MyTypeID'. You only need to append 'ID' if you're referring to a has_one relation, so you should rename your field (the first, $name parameter) to 'MyType'.


  • jaaf
    Community Member
    24 Posts

    Re: How to use an OptionsetField ? Link to this post

    Thank you kinglozzer,

    I see now. Renaming of field was not necessary here.

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