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Compare to previous values in control loop

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Community Member, 59 Posts

1 October 2011 at 4:46am


I'm trying to group some items based on their groupID. So far, I managed to do with:

static $default_sort = 'groupID DESC';

Now I'm trying to read data into my template using the control-loop which works fine, showing all data sorted as defined. But now what I want, is the groupID to be displayed only if it differs from the previous value. Is there some way of saying:
// Pseudo code
if thisGroupID equals previousGroupID then

Thanks in advance,


Community Member, 46 Posts

4 October 2011 at 7:32am

Within the template control loop you have access to the methods of the current item being iterated over in the loop and the items parent ($Top.) methods. Normally I would create a Group DataObject and Item DataObject. Then assign the appropriate relationships ($has_many, $has_one, etc.). Once that is done you can loop through each Group and within the Group loop through it's Items. Beyond that I believe you'll have to write your own methods in your PHP Class to do the logic.


Community Member, 244 Posts

4 October 2011 at 9:28am

You might want to see for how to group a DataObjectSet by one of its fields.