On Wed, 16 Aug 2000, Marcin Kasperski wrote:
> > Pass it as an argument to the call that creates the DTML Document.
> How? 
> Currently my constructor method contains
> the following (mk_dtml_document is my custom class which subclasses DTML
> Document, Extra is the name of my custom propertysheet):
> <dtml-with
> "mk_dtml_document.createInObjectManager(REQUEST['id'],REQUEST)">

Hmm.  I've only done this kind of thing by calling the add method of
the class, where you could pass in, say, title=title.  I'm not
sure how you'd do it with createInObjectManager.  Although you
might try wrapping the whole thing in <dtml-with REQUEST>.  The
REQUEST title may be getting overridden by another title property
that happens to be blank.

> > Yep.  You should be able to replicate everything the original
> > constructor code does in your own code.  Read The Source, Luke <grin>.
> I hate replicating code. I love calling it. Couldn't it be done this
> way?

Maybe.  You'd have to look at the source code and see if can handle being
called as a subroutine.  If not, somebody ought to refactor it <grin>.

> I tried defining DTML Method with name PrincipiaSearchSource and
> contents
> <dtml-var body>
> (body is my custom property name).
> Next I clicked 'Update Catalog' in ZCatalog screen. Seems my attempt has
> been ignored - the amount of objects indexed via PrincipiaSearchSource
> (according to ZCatalog status screen) has not changed (those object are
> succesfully indexed on title etc).

As someone else said, the method has to be parameterless (yours
probably appears to be).  This also means that it can't depend on
having a name space around (that usually gets passed implicitly to
dtml methods), including REQUEST, since Catalog won't have that to
pass it in most indexing scenarios.

At first glance I'd think your code would work, but I can think of
two other things you could try:  <dtml-return body>, and defining
an external method instead and just have it just do "return

> > > 5) Can I write index_html method of my custom class so it interpret DTML
> > > tags (like dtml-var substitution)?
> > 
> > I'm sure you can, but I don't know how <grin>.  But if you are doing
> > that, why not just subclass DTML-Method (or document)?
> Because I have not done it previously and now I have about 100 objects
> of this type and do not know how to perform such a change.

Ah, yes, changing the base class of a ZClass is hard.  There's a
hold-onto-your-pants recipie for doing it, but it's not for the faint
of heart.  Check the HowTo's if you are curious.

Depending on the complexity of the objects, you could write an
external method that would write the data out to a file in some format,
and another to read the data back in and use it to instantiate
new objects of the desired type.  I did this once with a 60K
database of objects <wry grin>.  I *could* send you that source code
as an example, if you want.  I based the re-load code on the
"adding ZClass object programatically" howto.

> > Write an external method to do all the object creation, property
> > copying, and old object deletion.
> What about some sample code?

I haven't done it myself, so I don't have any sample code for
this (but see above).


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