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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:48 am    Post subject: Database driven <FORM> generation Reply with quote

A lot of months, I worked on generating HTML FORM with dynamic data from the MySQL database. Here, I found a portion of this tool for you.

It looks into the database for a particular form ID and finds out the elements to display.

Example of use:
{form id=$form_id data=$form_data ... }
Logic: ID is the database's form ID (Primary key)
$form_data is an associated array to display the values while editing some data.
There are many options.
This script is a concept only, here, to assist the public; how to generate the dynamic form.

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* This script comes to fulfill a particular purpose aimed by the author,
* and, so, it may not be suitable for general use.
* This comes without any warranties, and fitness of particular use.
* @link
* @version 1.0.0
* @copyright Copyright: 2007-2008 Bimal Poudel
* @author Bimal Poudel <>
* @access private
* @package Smarty

* Database driven HTML form generation!
* Use {validate} function to validate it.
function smarty_function_form($params=array(), &$smarty)
   # Example
   # {form name='edit_suggesties' id=1 mode='edit' data=$sc submit='Edit' key='id'}

   $form  = '';
   $forms = array();
   $db = new mysql();

   $params['id'] = !empty($params['id'])?$params['id']:0;
      return('Supply a form ID to load!');

   $params['key'] = !empty($params['key'])?$params['key']:''; # Measure to go aginst hacking
   $params['key_value'] = !empty($params['key_value'])?$params['key_value']:'';
   $params['form_signature'] = !empty($params['form_signature'])?$params['form_signature']:md5(time());
   $params['submit'] = !empty($params['submit'])?$params['submit']:'Submit';
   $params['data'] = !empty($params['data'])?$params['data']:array();
   $params['mode'] = !empty($params['mode'])?$params['mode']:'edit'; # edit | add
      if(!$params['data'] && !is_array($params['data'])) { return("Supply valid data for editing in this form!"); }

      if(!$params['key']) { return("Give a unique key of this form entity, eg. a primary key of this tupule!"); }
      if(!isset($params['data'][$params['key']])) { return("Key ID data not found to generate a secure key. Did you forget to assign it?"); }

      $params['key_value'] = $params['data'][$params['key']]; # Not as was given! MUST have some unique data.
      $params['form_signature'] = md5($params['key_value']); # some encrypted value!

   $form_sql="SELECT * FROM admin_forms WHERE form_id={$params['id']};";
   $form_details = $db->query_row($form_sql);
      return("This form (id: {$params['id']}) does not exist.");

   $sql="SELECT * FROM admin_form_fields WHERE form_id={$params['id']} AND is_active='Y' ORDER BY weight ASC, field_id ASC;";
   //echo $sql;

      #echo("Checking: {$db->row_data['field_type']} : {$db->row_data['default_value_function']} (".(function_exists($db->row_data['default_value_function'])?"Ya":"NO").")<br>");
      $value = ($db->row_data['default_value_function'] && function_exists($db->row_data['default_value_function']))?$db->row_data['default_value_function']($value):$value;

         case 'nothing':
            $input = $value;
            # For comments and other texts only
         case 'textarea':
            $input="<textarea name='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' id='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' class='{$db->row_data['field_class']}'>{$value}</textarea>";
         case 'select':
            $input="<select name='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' id='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' class='{$db->row_data['field_class']}'>{$value}</select>";
         case 'button':
         case 'checkbox':
         case 'file':
         case 'hidden':
         case 'image':
         case 'password':
         case 'radio':
         case 'reset':
         case 'submit':
         case 'text':
            $input="<input type='{$db->row_data['field_type']}' name='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' id='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' value='{$value}' class='{$db->row_data['field_class']}' maxlength='{$db->row_data['maxlength']}' >";
            $input="<input type='text' name='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' id='{$db->row_data['field_name']}' value='{$value}' class='{$db->row_data['field_class']}' maxlength='{$db->row_data['maxlength']}'>";
         } # switch()
      } # if()
      $forms[] = "
<div class=holder>
   <div class='field'>{$db->row_data['field_display_name']}</div>
   <div class='value'>{$input}</div>

      $buttons = "
<div class=holder>
   <div class='field'>&nbsp;</div>
   <div class='value'>
      <input type='hidden' name='form_signature' value='{$params['form_signature']}'>
      <input type='hidden' name='{$params['key']}' value='{$params['key_value']}'>
      <input type='submit' name='submit' value='{$params['submit']}'>

   $form = "
<form name='{$form_details['form_name']}' id='{$form_details['form_name']}' method='{$form_details['method']}' action='{$form_details['action']}' title='{$form_details['title']}' enctype='multipart/form-data'>"
.implode('', $forms)

} # form()

There are a lot of possibilities.
For example, you can add more validation scripts from
And, you can make your database editor yourself to manage the form and its elements.
For time saving, you may just use phpmyadmin only. Because, once you complete your form design, it is less likely to change in the lifespan of your website.

This is actually a form plugin; but since it does not work immediately without reworking; I published it here; not in the plugins section.

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