How to use DoctrineModuleValidatorNoObjectExists in edit forms – Zend Framework 2 & Doctrine 2

How to use DoctrineModuleValidatorNoObjectExists in edit forms – Zend Framework 2 & Doctrine 2

What is the most effective way to use DoctrineModuleValidatorNoObjectExists validator in a Zend Form that is used for editing also? Because when I use the same Form for saving edited values, this validates the Object existence and flags form is invalid.

Few weeks ago I resolved the same problem using a helper method in my custom filter. I am not sure if this is the correct approach but it works.

  1. Write a custom inputfilter extending ZendInputFilterInputFilter.
  2. Add your generic filters and validators at init() method of filter.
  3. Write a helper method in the input filter which appends doctrine’s existence validator to current validator chain like below.
  4. Add existence validator to your filter instance when creating new object, use generic filter instance when editing.

So,

<?php
/**
 * Baz filter
 */
class BazFilter extends ZendInputFilterInputFilter
{

/**
 * This method will be triggered automatically when you retrive baz filter via inputfiltermanager.
 */
public function init() 
{
    // Define your input names, types, validators and filters as arrays
    $this->add(array(
        'name' => 'code',
        'required' => true,
        'validators' => array(),
        'filters' => array()
    ));

    $this->add( array(...) );
    $this->add( array(...) );
    // ...
}

/**
 * Appends doctrine's noobjectexists validator to validator chain only when required.
 * 
 * @access public
 * @param DoctrineORMEntityRepository $repository
 * @return ZendInputFilterInputFilter
 */
public function appendExistenceValidator(DoctrineORMEntityRepository $repository)
{
     $validatorSignature = array(
        'name' => 'code',
        'validators' => array(
            array(
                'name' => 'DoctrineModuleValidatorNoObjectExists',
                'options' => array(
                    'object_repository' => $repository,
                    'fields' => 'code',
                    'messages' => array( NoObjectExists::ERROR_OBJECT_FOUND => "This object with code already exists in database." )
                )
            )
        )
    );
    $validator = $this->getFactory()->createInput( $validatorSignature );
    $this->add($validator);
    return $this;
    }
}

Finally, append this inputfilter to your form when editing:

// $form = your form instance
// $filter = Bazfilter instance
$form->setData($postData)->setInputFilter( $filter );
if( $form->isValid() === false ) {
    // ...
}

When creating:

// $filter = bazfilter instance
$repository = $entityManager->getRepository('YourEntityName');
$filter->appendExistenceValidator( $repository ); // <-- Notice this line

$form->setData($postData)->setInputFilter( $filter );
if( $form->isValid() === false ) {
    // ...
}
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