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Looping The Loop - PHP

Got the basics down? Well, here's the advanced course - thisarticle demonstrates some of patTemplate's more sophisticated features,including the ability to dynamically show or hide templates, inheritvariables, use loops and conditional branches, and create dynamic,template-based forms and error handlers.

  1. Template-Based Web Development With patTemplate (part 2)
  2. Scoping It Down
  3. Speaking In Tongues
  4. Looping The Loop
  5. Legal Eagles
  6. Hide And Seek
  7. Setting Things Right
  8. Fortune Favours The Brave
  9. Running On Empty
  10. Simple Simon
  11. Brain Dump
  12. A Well-Formed Example
  13. Crash Bang Boom
  14. Endgame
By: Team Melonfire, (c) Melonfire
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June 19, 2002

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You can force a particular template to loop a specific number of times by adding the "loop" attribute to it. Here's an example:

<patTemplate:tmpl name="main" loop="12"> It is now 1 o'clock </patTemplate:tmpl>
Here's the script that powers it:

<?php // include the class include("include/patTemplate.php"); // initialize an object of the class $template = new patTemplate(); // set template location $template->setBasedir("templates"); // add templates to the template engine $template->readTemplatesFromFile("loop.tmpl"); // parse and display the template $template->displayParsedTemplate("main"); ?>
And here's the output:

It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock It is now 1 o'clock
Fairly simple, and useful when all you need to do is display a piece of text or markup a specified number of times (you can use the setAttribute() method, discussed a little later, to set the loop counter dynamically). And you can make it even more useful by incorporating the current value of the loop counter within your template - like I've done below, with the special {PAT_ROW_VAR} variable:

<patTemplate:tmpl name="main" loop="12"> It is now {PAT_ROW_VAR} o'clock </patTemplate:tmpl>
In this case, the same PHP script will generate slightly different output:

It is now 1 o'clock It is now 2 o'clock It is now 3 o'clock It is now 4 o'clock It is now 5 o'clock It is now 6 o'clock It is now 7 o'clock It is now 8 o'clock It is now 9 o'clock It is now 10 o'clock It is now 11 o'clock It is now 12 o'clock

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