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Retreiving an object whose category is the same as the page title

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Community Member, 187 Posts

12 September 2009 at 11:34am


I am trying to retrieve an object that has a category the same as the page title. I am using the code

$MFoptions = DataObject::get_one("MFCategory", 'MFTitle='.$this->title);

but this errors with the message [User Error] Couldn't run query: SELECT `MFCategory`.*, `MFCategory`.ID, if(`MFCategory`.ClassName,`MFCategory`.ClassName,'MFCategory') AS RecordClassName FROM `MFCategory` WHERE (MFTitle=counselling) LIMIT 1 Unknown column 'counselling' in 'where clause'

So I get it is looking for a column called counselling cause it is not in '' but when I put it in '' ie $MFoptions = DataObject::get_one("MFCategory", 'MFTitle='.'$this->title');

it interprets the $this->title as a literal string. Please help, I know this must be simple to fix but I just can't work it out.

Thanks as always



Community Member, 904 Posts

12 September 2009 at 9:48pm

You're close to the solution. The Title has to be wrapped in quotes for MySQL, but you're doing it wrong. Should be:

$MFoptions = DataObject::get_one("MFCategory", "MFTitle='" . $this->title . "'"); 

Or maybe better to read:

$title = $this->title;
$MFoptions = DataObject::get_one("MFCategory", "MFTitle='$title'"); 


Community Member, 187 Posts

13 September 2009 at 11:28am

Hi Banal

Thanks for this. I knew it must be something along these lines but the combinations I had tried just didn't work