FLOW3: Convert a date string from an input field of a view into a DateTime object

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the FLOW3 documentation is a bit weak at the moment. The initial example walks you through a very simple view where only strings (like „title“, „author“) are entered via the view’s form. But how do you enter a date and have it converted to a „real“ \DateTime upon initializing the object that should contain it?

I found the solution (again, mainly by chance) here: How to use the DateTimeConverter in FLOW3. Apparently, you have to convert the user’s input to the needed objects in a method in the corresponding controller, that is (magically?) called before the method that expects the main object you want to create (that contains the date).

Here’s an example: If you have a Report object that has a dueDate attribute of type \DateTime, you have to convert the user input (a string) to a \DateTime object in the method initializeCreateAction() of class ReportController.

FLOW3 offers quite a few type converters, among which you can also find a DateTimeConverter. You can use it like this in initializeCreateAction():

  1. public function createAction(Report $report) { }
  2.  
  3. public function initializeCreateAction() {
  4.   $this->arguments[‚report‘]
  5.     ->getPropertyMappingConfiguration()
  6.     ->forProperty(‚dueDate‘)
  7.     ->setTypeConverterOption(
  8.       ‚TYPO3\FLOW3\Property\TypeConverter\DateTimeConverter‘,
  9.       \TYPO3\FLOW3\Property\TypeConverter\DateTimeConverter::CONFIGURATION_DATE_FORMAT,
  10.       ‚Y-m-d‘);
  11. }

FLOW3 now converts the input string (format ‚Y-m-d‘) into a „real“ \DateTime object before passing it on to the newly created Report object, that gets passed to createAction().

Über uns Stefan

Polyglot Clean Code Developer

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  1. Vielen Dank, genau das habe ich gesucht mit dem Datum! Klappt prima!

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