When I wrangle with Magento Commerce and customize anything, every other bit is of course tied to a product's ID, or sometimes entity ID.
The challenging part is that whenever you're in a template in Magento, the scope is very different from the previous one. This is sometimes frustrating, but when you think of it — it makes sense. That is, in Magento! ;-)
Magento works in blocks and each block is basically a class file, of course
$this is never the same. So for example the scope of a block that renders a product page is different from something like
Mage_Sales_Block_Order_Item_Renderer_Default (used to display a row of an order).
I recently had to customize the display of an item in an order in the customer's account.
To do so, I had a nifty helper which is tied to a product's ID. Unfortunately, I was only able to retrieve the SKU, quantity ordered and all sorts of other things right away — but the product's ID was not available.
So how do you load a product otherwise? Simple! Using the SKU!
// app/design/frontend/default/my-template/template/sales/order/items/renderer/default.phtml $_sku = $this->getItem()->getSku(); $_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->loadByAttribute('sku', $_sku); $_product->getEntityId(); // here is your ID
So yeah —
Mage_Catalog_Model_Product = very helpful. And of course there are a bunch of other attributes to load products by. Well, just about any attribute. Just dig around the docs, or
var_dump() a product object on a product page to see what else is available.
Quick and dirty — I just blogged this because it took me 25 minutes to find that model and the
And hopefully by blogging this, I'll never ever forget.
The author does not allow comments to this entry