Php – CakePHP View including other views

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I have a CakePHP application that in some moment will show a view with product media (pictures or videos) I want to know if, there is someway to include another view that threats the video or threats the pictures, depending on a flag. I want to use those "small views" to several other purposes, so It should be "like" a cake component, for reutilization.

What you guys suggest to use to be in Cake conventions (and not using a raw include('') command)

Best Answer

In the interest of having the information here in case someone stumbles upon this, it is important to note that the solution varies depending on the CakePHP version.

For CakePHP 1.1

$this->renderElement('display', array('flag' => 'value'));

in your view, and then in /app/views/elements/ you can make a file called display.thtml, where $flag will have the value of whatever you pass to it.

For CakePHP 1.2

$this->element('display', array('flag' => 'value'));

in your view, and then in /app/views/elements/ you can make a file called display.ctp, where $flag will have the value of whatever you pass to it.


In both versions the element will have access to all the data the view has access to + any values you pass to it. Furthermore, as someone pointed out, requestAction() is also an option, but it can take a heavy toll in performance if done without using cache, since it has to go through all the steps a normal action would.

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