[Catalyst] Rails-like form helpers

Ash Berlin ash at cpan.org
Wed Sep 20 18:58:06 CEST 2006

Jon Warbrick wrote:
> 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 
> with.
> 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?
> Jon.
> [1] http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActionView/Helpers/FormHelper.html#M000389
Maybe look at FormBuilder. (?)

Also suggest a situation that is "complex then solutions like HTMLWidget 
can conveniently cope with" and I'll tell you if it is (or will be - 
refactor is coming)

Ash Berlin

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