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Diplay DataObject in a popup via ajax?


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micahsheets

Community Member, 165 Posts

10 July 2009 at 5:12am

I have a DataObject that contains some HTMLText and possibly a link to a file for download. When a front end user clicks a link I want a popup to show up and display the DataObject via an ss template. I am not sure how to go about this.

I do know how to make jQuery send an ajax request to a helper Controller that gets the DataObject that the user clicked on. However I don't know how to write the code that will render the DataObject with a template and send the link back to the client computer so that it can open a lightbox or similar with the url of the rendered data. I am not using a PageType for the DataObject.

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Wolfbane

Community Member, 5 Posts

10 July 2009 at 2:06pm

I'm trying to do the exact same thing and I am equally as confused.. :(

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dacar

Community Member, 173 Posts

1 September 2009 at 11:09pm

i am looking for some advice, too. How do implement an template.ss which does not interherit from page but from dataobject class?

Does anybody know a good tutorial?

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zenmonkey

Community Member, 545 Posts

2 September 2009 at 6:14am

This may Help http://doc.silverstripe.org/doku.php?id=recipes:ajax_basics

Essentially you have to tell the object if its called with AJAX to render the data with differently.

There's a lot of good stuff in the Recipes section, but the Link to them isn't as obvious as it should be
http://doc.silverstripe.org/doku.php?id=recipes:start

Also check ssbit.com, it has some really well written tutorials explaining stuff better than some of the documentation

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dacar

Community Member, 173 Posts

3 September 2009 at 12:26am

Hi Zenmonkey,

thanks for your reply. I went through the ajax_basics and everything is working fine. But i am not sure where to go from here? I have got ajaxSnippet.ss Template that will be loaded into a <div> in page.ss. But what i need is to open the thickbox and load the ajaxSnippet.ss into the thickbox.

Link to open thickbox:
<a href="/silverstripe/ajax.php?refid=$ID&#38;height=381&#38;width=613" class="thickbox" title="$Headline">

Link to load asynchronisly content into <div>:
<a href="$URLSegment" onclick="jQuery('#ajaxContent').load('$URLSegment/showImage'); return false;" >

Can anybody help?

Greetings, Carsten.

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zenmonkey

Community Member, 545 Posts

3 September 2009 at 1:52am

Edited: 03/09/2009 1:53am

I've never used Thickbox. I usually go with FaceBox or ColorBox. But you should just be able to structure your Thick box URL something like:

<a href="$Link?height=220&width=400" class="thickbox" title="$Headline">$Title</a>  

But I'm not sure how the wrapping controls are structured. You're using $URLSegment which returns the Current Page Segment (ie everything after '/silverstripe/' which isn't the full link. You should be forming the link to point to the Dataobject as if it were a page. Silverstripe will see that the call is an AJAX call and render it accordingly. The only problem I can see is Silverstripe may not like the URL Parameters, so another Model Box Plug-in may be more useful.

At least thats where I'd start. Right now I'm just using modal boxes to hold login and review forms. I use jQuery to hide the div's, that way if the user has Javascript disabled they can still access the content. I find the solution is simpler. I tend to avoid Ajax calls for SEO reasons, and better degradation.