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From Josh Chamas <>
Subject Re: $Request->{Form}
Date Mon, 10 Feb 2003 16:03:29 GMT
Philip Mak wrote:
> Is it all right to use $Request->{Form}? Directly using this variable
> seems to be an undocumented feature, but I found it useful recently:
> It makes $Response->{FormFill} more flexible because now rather than
> only being able to re-populate the form with data that the user just
> entered, I can also re-populate the form from a database record
> (useful for editing things in the database).
> For example:
> my $id = int($Request->Params('id'));
> my $submission = $dbh->selectrow_hashref("SELECT * FROM submissions WHERE id = $id");
> $Response->{FormFill} = 1;
> $Request->{Form} = $submission;
> # HTML code for the form goes below

I would not recommend doing this exactly as you have done.  What I would
do rather is repopulate the $Form hashref, but keep the blessed object
reference as it, so:

   %{$Request->{Form}} = %$submission;

while its OK to access $Request->{Form} directly, what may not be OK
in the future is to change the class that that hash is blessed into.



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