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From Denis <>
Subject Re: Context & variables in templates
Date Tue, 17 Dec 2002 12:05:08 GMT
On Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at 11:16  am, Yura Ushakhow wrote:

>>> Kind people, need your help. How could I ask velocity if mytpl.vm 
>>> has reference to $myvar inside , before merging? I need it, to know 
>>> what context user wants instead of generating everything, - just the 
>>> parts it needs.
>> That's usually an inversion of things - the controller usually has a 
>> clue...
>> In contrib/temporary/templatetool you'll find a little (unsupported) 
>> class that will return to you a list of references... see if that 
>> helps...
> Much thanks, Geir! Very grateful.
> Speaking of inversion of things, it might be - idealogy-wise. Though I 
> cannot think of another way to do it. Say, there might be a variable 
> in templates which, to fill itself with data, must poke a SQL server 
> for a large request. But whether web-designer wants to use that 
> variable or not depends on him. So you can clearly see that it saves 
> great a time, if he (designer) doesn't really use it.

Do you need to do the request at a different time than you render the 
If you don't, then you can simply do the request in the accessor of the 

-- Denis.

> By the by, if I'm not mistaken, there was a name to such way, think it 
> was called "Pull-model" ? I.e., when designer tells the controller 
> what he wants. Don't remember precisely.
> Anyhow, much appreciate your help!
> Yura.

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