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default form values

edited March 2014 in Framework

How can I set default values for a form just before inserting/updating record; for example calculated columns.

I would like also some columns remain null in order to use database default (like current timestamp).

I looked at "long form usage" in but I don't know if it is the right way.

Thanks for help.


  • Before the echo $form->handle() is called, you can assign default values like this:

    $form->data = array (
        'field_name' => 'default value'

    Fields that just get inserted into the DB, but don't need to be edited directly (e.g., current time), can be left out of $form->data and just added later, like this:

    echo $form->handle (function ($form) {
        $obj = new myapp\SomeModel (array (
            'field_name' => $_POST['field_name'],
            'created_on' => time ()
        $obj->put ();
  • I was doing as in the second example without success using time() function.

    I solved it using: date('Y-m-d H: i: s')

    Many thanks.

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