Doctrine not saving ManyToMany

Say you have a ManyToMany relationship, like Post <—> Tag.

When you add tags to a Post and the save the Post, everything is great. But when you add posts to a Tag and then save the Tag, the posts are not saved. Why? Because Doctrine persists changes only on the owning side of a relation. The owning side is…

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Symfony Form: Extract Values

I had to look deep into Symfony 1.4 code this morning as I was trying to get a field’s value. Form values come from different sources: default values, record values (when editing, for example), original POST values and clean POST values. So when is each available and how do we get it?…

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Symfony task “default” context

When creating Symfony 1.4 CLI tasks, I stumbled upon an error message: The “default” context does not exist. After searching some old forums, I found a solution. Before you access any Doctrine class, you mus first bootstrap your context correctly. Here is an example:

The application name and the environment can come from CLI…

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Integrating Markdown with Symfony

I needed to create a help section in three languages in a Symfony 1.4 application. I wanted to make the technical writer’s life as easy as possible and the source files easy to read for everyone. Markdown seemed like a good solution. Because Symfony can cache static pages, Markdown will only parse each page once. I did not have to worry about performance! Here is how to quickly add Markdown to your Symfony 1.4 application.

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Symfony – subfolders for partials

Symfony 1.2 – 1.4 expects all partials to follow this convention: templates/_partial.php What happens when you need to organize your partials in subfolder? I tried a number of “Symfunky” avenues. Feel free to skip to the solution. Avenues Explored I first try the call the include_partial helper with “subfolder/partial”, but that results in Symfony attempting…

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