CodeIgniter Presenter Library
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CodeIgniter Presenter Library is a library that will add another layer of abstraction between the Controller and the views.

Getting ready

Load the library

Just load it like any other library:


Although you'll probably want to auto-load this library since you're going to use it all the time.

Implementing your own Presenter Class

Your presenter must always extend the presenter library.

<?php if ( ! defined('BASEPATH')) exit('No direct script access allowed');

class Example_Presenter extends Presenter {


/* End of file example_presenter.php */
/* Location: ./application/presenters/example_presenter.php */

That's the most basic presenter you can have!

Make sure all your presenter files are in ./application/presenters and end with _presenter.php

Creating a presenter object

In your controller:

public function index()
    // Creating your object
    // Normally this would be a result from a model

    $obj = new stdClass();
    $obj->name = 'Testproduct';
    $obj->key = 'T1';
    $obj->price = 1000;

    // Load the library

    // Let the library create a Presenter for you
    $data['presenter'] = $this->presenter->create('example', $obj);

    // Pass it to the view
    $this->load->view('welcome_message', $data);
  • The 1st param for the create method is the name of your presenter without the _presenter.php
  • Your second param is the object with all the data that you need.

Using the Presenter on a single object

The plain basics

With the example above you can start printing data in your views like this:

<p>Key: <?= $presenter->key ?></p>

This will result in

<p>Key: T1</p>

That's it. Well yeah, there's no benefit in using a presenter over just outputting the actual data… But let some black magic in and you'll see the benefit pretty soon!

Introducing: Transformation methods

What if you have an object with 3 properties, and you want to present each one in a different way? For that you just have to create your methods in your presenter with the prefix of transform_.


Your object:

$obj = new stdClass();
$obj->name = 'Testproduct';
$obj->key = 'T1';
$obj->price = 1000;

The 3 transformation methods in your presenter:

public function transform_price($price)
    return $price ? number_format($price, 2, '.', ',').' &euro;' : 'N/A';

public function transform_name($name)
    return $name ? $this->key('T2').' '.$name : 'N/A';

public function transform_key($key)
    return $key ? '<b>'.$key.'</b>' : 'N/A';

Let's explain this a bit:

  • For every property of our data, we have a matching transformation method
  • Transformation method names always look like transform_<insert propertyname here>
  • A transformation method's only parameter is the value of the according property
  • The transform_name method is a bit different, we'll come to that later.

Your view hasn't changed:

<p>Name: <?= $presenter->key ?></p>

But now the outcome is

<p>Key: <b>T1</b></p>

Nice, isn't it? Yes, it is. But wait... There's more!

Getting the RAW data

As you might have noticed, your object's data will be always be 'transformed'. That's totally okay most of the time. But what should you do in case you really, really want to get the RAW data?
Nothing easier than this: just append _raw to your property's name.


<p>Name: <?= $presenter->key_raw ?></p>


<p>Key: T1</p>

Presenting custom data

So you now have your presenter which is presenting all its data nice and comfy.
All of a sudden you want to output some custom data with the transformation of one of your properties.

Well then, go on:

<p>Name: <?= $presenter->key('Custom') ?></p>

Turns out to be:

<p>Key: <b>Custom</b></p>

Now, what the hell happened? The Presenter Library has a nifty little feature, which allows you to use your data's properties as a function. This will call the according transformation method with the parameter you passed.

You could call $presenter->transform_key('Custom') too, but let's save some typing here and just call the property ;)

Combining and transforming

Remember the transform_name method from above? I told you we'll come back to it, so here it is again:

public function transform_name($name)
    return $name ? $this->key('T2').' '.$name : 'N/A';

So what's happening here? Basically we concat the name of our product with a custom transformed key. That's one way to combine data.

Let's make this a bit more sexy. With VIRTUAL MAPPINGS
At first we add a little array to our presenter class:


public $v_map = array(
    'key_and_name' => array('key', 'name')

The array key key_and_name is the name of our new virtual property. The assigned array contains the actual properties to be used. Now we need the transformation method. Easy stuff from now on.

public function transform_key_and_name($key, $name)
    return 'This is a Virtual Transformation function returning the raw key "'.$key.'" and name "'.$name.'" of our example.';

Call it in your view

<?= $presenter->key_and_name ?>

And out comes:

This is a Virtual Transformation function returning the raw key "T1" and name "Testproduct" of our example.'

Tadaaaaa :)

Using the presenter on a collection of objects

Looping your data and rendering html

At some point we all had a bunch of data that we needed to loop from beginning to end and show it in a specific way. That can be achieved with the presenters.

Imagine you have this object:

$objs = array();

$obj = new stdClass();
$obj->key = 'T1';
$obj->name = 'Testproduct';
$obj->price = 1000;
array_push($objs, $obj);

$obj = new stdClass();
$obj->name = 'Second Testproduct';
$obj->key = 'T2';
$obj->price = 12345;
array_push($objs, $obj);

$obj = new stdClass();
$obj->name = 'Third Testproduct';
$obj->key = 'T3';
$obj->price = 500;
array_push($objs, $obj);

You load your presenter with that object

$data['presenter'] = $this->presenter->create('example', $objs);

In your presenter you just have to do this:

<?php if ( ! defined('BASEPATH')) exit('No direct script access allowed');

class Example_Presenter extends Presenter {

    public function list_items()
        $html = '<p>#key# #name#<br> This item costs: #price#<p>';
        return $this->_generate_output($html);

You just have to wrap your items with a # and your html. Then you just need to return your data with the method called _generate_output();

Like any other presenter method this should be used in your view like this:

<?= $presenter->list_items() ?>

Looping your data and rendering html WITH PARTIALS

Alright, we want to get rid of that HTML within our presenter. So let's take a look at partials. In this example we use the same object collection as above and create the presenter object, which will be passed to the view. But instead of creating a method in our presenter that contains the HTML-Snippet we do this:

Create the partial

First we create our partial file: /application/views/partials/example/list_products.php There are a few rules to follow, which allow to autoload the partials:

  • All partials go into /application/views/partials
  • If our presenter's class is Example_Presenter, we have to create a subfolder called example in our partials directory
  • Within this directory the partials can be called whatever you like. Just make sure all filenames end with .php

Let's make an easy partial containing only this peace of code

<p>Listing: Product #name# costs #price# </p>

Note that all properties of our object look like this. #property_name# This allows the presenter to replace the keys with our properties' values. And if we have matching transformation methods, they will be called too! Even on virtual properties.

So all we have to do now is get our output. In your view just put this:

<?= $presenter->partial('list_products') ?>

Et voilà, the included magic, and white rabbits have done the rest for you, and present you with some nice output.


All spanking new! Mapping different partials conditionally to our items

Suppose we are making a feed and each item needs a different layout? No problem!

In your Example_Presenter create a function called 'map_' with a variable to catch your object.

For example:

public function map_example($item)
    switch ($item->key)
        case 'T1':
            return 'test_1';
        case 'T2':
            return 'test_2';
        case 'T3':
            return 'test_3';
            return 'test_3';

Now instead of a single partial, create each one you need:

/application/views/partials/example/test_1.php /application/views/partials/example/test_2.php /application/views/partials/example/test_3.php

and just call with:

<?= $presenter->multi_partial('example') ?>

Beauty, eh?

Also, don't forget to watch the screencast on how to use the ci-presenter library. Vimeo

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