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[nycphp-talk] Looking for a PHP equivalent to Perl Text::Template

Chris Snyder chris at psydeshow.org
Tue May 6 12:14:44 EDT 2003


Wouldn't you still need to eval() the template in order to substitute 
runtime values for the placeholders?
Output buffering would clean up the code I suggested, but I'm not sure 
how it would solve the problem of separating logic and design...


Carlos A Hoyos wrote:

>You can use the output buffer functions. Easier than eval, and you can use
>all of the php functions to build the output.
>Look at ob_start() and ob_get_contents()....
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>this are one of the overlooked treassures in php ; )
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>Carlos
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>>Hello,
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>>I'm looking to a PHP equivalent to the Perl module Text::Template.
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>>I was perusing the Smarty documentation, but, maybe I missed
>>something, but it doesn't look that I can use  it the in same way.
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>>What I want to do is to assign the result of parsing the template to
>>a variable. This is very convenient for example when you need to send
>>email.
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>>---------------------------------------------
>>Perl example:
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>>Dear {$title} {$lastname},
>>It has come to our attention that you are delinquent in your
>>        {$monthname[$last_paid_month]} payment.  Please remit
>>        ${sprintf("%.2f", $amount)} immediately, or your patellae may
>>        be needlessly endangered.
>>Love,
>>Mark "Vizopteryx" Dominus
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>You could do essentially this by bringing the template into your
>controlling script and eval()'ing it -- something like:
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>$template= file_get_contents("/path/to/template.html");
>$command= "\\$output= \\"$template\\";";
>eval($command);
>print $output;
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>You couldn't pull off the sprintf() call in the middle of that, but
>everything else will work. You don't even need the curly brackets.
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>    chris.
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