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Osm Admin: Control Views

2022 March Osm Admin

1 month ago ∙ 1 minute read

I redesigned control rendering on list and edit pages. From now, a control contains view prototypes for a grid column, a form field, and other.

Below is the reasoning.

Currently, a Control is an object that can display a property or formula on a list page or in a form. In a grid, it provides a header_template to render a column header, and cell_template to render a cell:

@foreach ($grid->columns as $column)
    @if ($column->cell_template)
        @include($column->cell_template, [
            'column' => $column,
            'item' => $item,

A specific control object is cloned during rendering:

protected function get_columns(): array {
    $columns = [];

    foreach ($this->query->selects as $select) {
        $control = $select->expr instanceof Formula\Identifier
            ? $select->expr->property->control
            : $select->data_type->default_control;

        if (!$control) {

        $columns[$select->alias] = $control = clone $control;
        $control->name = $select->alias;
        $control->view = $this;

    return $columns;

It reminds me View objects.

Q. Maybe, Control extends View?

No. View has a single template, so I should have a separate View class for column header, for a cell, for a form field, and so on.

Q. Isn't creating a view object for every cell in a grid an overkill?

It is. While I can render a column header from a view, it's better to use the same view object for rendering column cells, too:

@foreach ($grid->columns as $column)
    @include($column->cell_template, $column->data($item))

Q. How does schema change?

Control objects stay in their places:

  • DataType::$control defines the default control settings for a data type.
  • Property::$control clones DataType::$control, or creates a control object from scratch, and defines the control settings for specific property.

A control also provides pre-configured view prototypes for a grid column, a form field, and so on:

 * @property Grid\Column $grid_column #[Serialized]
 * @property Form\Field $form_field #[Serialized]
class Control extends Object_ {