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Templates – why and how to use them in PHP3 Page 2

By Sascha Schumann
on July 30, 2000

Now you want FastTemplate to substitute all your {MACROS} with their
respective values in the template


the command

<?php $tpl->parse(PAGECONTENT"foo"); ?>

to do that. This
command will assign the content of the template “foo” to the unique name

Of course, we are not done with that yet since the template


holds the main page definition
and FastTemplate needs to substitute the macro {PAGECONTENT} in it.
We also need to assign
a PAGETITLE and to do that we say:


$tpl->assign(PAGETITLE"FooBar test");



Easy, is it not? We just need to print it out now:




The following three files show how the more verbose description
looks in practice. I would not know how to live without this
technique in real life – your designers will be happy and your boss
will smile, because you can do more things in less time.

<!-- bar.tpl -->









<!-- foo.tpl -->

This does not do anything obvious. Please look at {NAME}.



include "class.FastTemplate.php3";

$tpl = new FastTemplate(".");

$tpl->define(array(foo => "foo.tpl"bar => "bar.tpl"));







Building whole tables
I have also written a short example which demonstrates how to build
whole tables with single row templates. It is effective, because
you still do not need to tinker with HTML directly.
We attach the content of a template to an
already defined unique name to build the HTML table. This can be
done by sticking a single “.” into the front of the template name
when calling $tpl->parse():


# assign the content of template foo to the unique name TPL1


# attach the content of template bar to the unique name TPL1