Whoo, that title is a mouthful...

I'm trying to check against a unique school "code" that an athlete has to input to register with a team. The code is different based on what team they are trying to join (referenced in a segment of registration page URL). I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to PHP or plugins but I hope I'm on the right track. I have no idea how to test what values my variables have.

I've essentially copied the user/SaveUser controller into my own plugin (I have to place user in Athlete user group & related the specific team entry to user, hence custom plugin) and placed snippet below right before the if (craft()->users->saveUser($user)) line.

$teamName = craft()->request->getPost('fields.teamName');
//Get team name, set in hidden input in form, which was grabbed from segment

$criteria = craft()->elements->getCriteria(ElementType::Entry);
$criteria->section = 'teams';
$criteria->title   = $teamName;
$criteria->limit   = 1;
$entry = $criteria->first();
//Find the Team entry in my 'teams' section

$schoolCode = $entry->schoolCode;
//Place value of schoolCode field in variable

$codeInput = craft()->request->getPost('fields.schoolCode');
//Grab user's input

if ($schoolCode == $codeInput)

This is, of course, not working. I'm not getting any errors either.

Am I anywhere close to doing this right?

  • I'd start by var_dumping some variables to see if they have the values you're expecting. $teamName, $schoolCode and $codeInput as a starting point.
    – Brad Bell
    Apr 7, 2015 at 2:19
  • Ah, var_dump - I knew there had to be a simple way... That helped. I figured I would have botched the plugin code. Apr 7, 2015 at 18:51

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Thanks to Brad Bell, I was able to troubleshoot using var_dump. The code above works correctly, but I'm unaware of how to do a simple validation of the code within the controller, w/o creating a new model, & send back a response.

Instead (for simplicity on my end), when the validation fails, I redirected to an error specific page, referencing the code entered & team name.

  • Another option to consider is to call your controller via ajax and send back a response — you can then set the error via javascript, and maintain the data that the user has already been entered. Apr 8, 2015 at 14:19

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