[Catalyst] Rails-like form helpers

Jon Warbrick jw35 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Sep 20 18:36:02 CEST 2006

I've always admired the form helpers used by Rails (see [1]) - essentially 
helpers for use in templates for creating form controls that are linked to 
underlying model objects so that they can be pre-populated and so that the 
controls can be named to make subsequent update of the objects easy. It 
strikes me that something like this could be useful when creating forms 
that are more complex then solutions like HTMLWidget can conveniently cope 

Catalyst-Plugin-Params-Nested already provides support for something very 
like the Rails naming scheme, but I can't see anything that provides 
anything like the helpers themselves. Before I start creating something, 
probably as a DBIx::Class component, please can anyone tell me if I'm 
re-inventing the wheel?


[1] http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActionView/Helpers/FormHelper.html#M000389

Jon Warbrick
Web/News Development, Computing Service, University of Cambridge

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