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Archive for July 13th, 2009

Catalyst is easy – do the wrong thing

Posted by brunorc on July 13, 2009

Someone landed here while searching for the phrase get catalyst object in model. Before I wrote in one of previous entries:

methods of the model don’t have access to the Catalyst context object, because, in fact, they shouldn’t have it

I first searched for the possibilities of doing it. And there are such possibilities, which shouldn’t be surprising, as Catalyst allows one to write all the crap one wants to write – it will just help to write it faster.

So if you really want to use the context object inside your Model (or View), take a look at the ACCEPT_CONTEXT component – and please read the WARNING WARNING WARNING section. In many cases passing some arguments should be sufficient. While being able to do absolutely any crap you can fancy is a nice possibility by itself, it also pays to read the manual of your chainsaw before the first launch. At least you can take advantage of turning the pages with any of your hands.

Having said this, I’d like to point that ACCEPT_CONTEXT even made its way to Catalyst Advent Calendar. It means that sharp tools can be also useful.

P.S. I planned to write about the installation of Catalyst on Windows XP, however it has been postponed (but not forgotten).

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