Symfony2 forms without an entity and with a conditional validator

Recently on a project I had a situation where I was using the Symfony2 forms component without an entity. In addition to each field’s constraints, I needed to something similar to symfony 1.4’s conditional validator so that I could make sure that the form on the whole was valid. There are a bunch of docs out there on how to use callback functions on an entity to do this, however I didn’t see much on how to get the entire form that has no entity to do a callback. After reading some of the source code, found that you can set up some ‘form level’ constraints in the setDefaultOptions method. So it will look something like this:

You pass the Callback constraint an array methods which it can call. If you pass one of those methods is an array it is parsed as class::method. In my case by passing $this it uses the currently instantiated form, rather than trying to call the method statically.

From there you can do something like this:

The first parameter is the form’s data fields. From there you can add global level errors to the form, such as if a combination of fields are not valid.

Good luck out there.

Symfony2 and Ordering of Relations and Collection Form Fields

Recently I was working on a project where I kept finding myself ordering a relation over and over by other than something than ID order (ie id= 1,2,3,4,5). For example, I always wanted my relation to be ordered by the ‘name’ field, rather than the ID or order it was inserted into the DB. Let’s take this schema as an example:

The issue is each time I attempted:

I wanted the output to be in alphabetical order for example. To make this the default for that relation you can add the following annotation to your ‘Post’ entity:

Now if you do “$post->getPostAttachments()” they’ll be automatically in order. The ‘@ORM\OrderBy’ column takes care of the ordering automatically. You can specify as many columns on the relation as you’d like there. In addition, this will make it so that all form collections on post with post_attachments are also ordered by name, rather than ID. This affects the relation call every time. If you are only looking into having it some of the time, look into using the repository to do the ordering for those calls.

Symfony2 – Getting All Errors From a Form in a Controller

Recently I was working on an API call which uses a form to validate the data you are passing in. I ran into the issue of getting all the errors for a form in Symfony2 is not as straight forward as you would think. At first I tried `$form->getErrors()` and then looped through the errors. That didn’t get all of them. After looking around I found:

This works really well for any errors which are bound to a field. However it will not catch global errors such as a unique validator. It should probably be renamed from getAllErrors(). In order to get those you need to also loop through $form->getErrors(). This was returning the global errors only for me. Here is my code in the end:

There may be a better way, just wanted to shoot this out as not many people had good solutions on it.

Bonus: If you are using the translator service on validators and you get an error which is the ‘validators’ translation files, make sure you use the proper domain, ie: $translator->trans(‘key’,array(),’validators’).

Toggle non-consecutive checkboxes with jQuery UI

You’re all probably familiar with the UI convention of allowing users to select ALL or NONE for a list of checkboxes (like in Gmail). Recently I was working on a project that had a large table full of checkboxes (imagine a 10×10 grid) where the user would need to toggle some but not all of the checkboxes in a given row. And to make matters more complex, they would need to toggle groups of non-consecutive checkboxes (say 15, skip 10, 5, etc.). I threw on the thinking cap but couldn’t think of any similar interactions I’d seen and couldn’t think of a particularly good way to achieve this.

Enter jQuery UI. I happened to stumble across the jQuery UI Selectable documentation and realized it would provide a good UI experience to toggle some but not all of the checkboxes. The code to implement this is surprisingly simple:

Note: You don’t actually need the div container – that was just for JSFiddle.

And then the Javascript (jQuery + jQuery UI):

You can check out a live demo at

As always, questions and comments are welcome!

Received problem 2 in the chunky parser

I was using cURL in PHP to POST some data to a URL earlier tonight and ran into this problem.

With VERBOSE on cURL was erroring with the following error:

"Received problem 2 in the chunky parser"

After some Googling it turns out this is a problem with how some servers respond with chunked encoding.

A simple fix for this is to set the HTTP version cURL is using to 1.0:


It’s not pretty but hey it works!