[Solved] CodeIgniter global variable

I am using $data in all my views $this->load->view('my_view', $data);

I have also autoload a Controller following this guide Extending Core Controller

But I want to make $data global because in views there is a sidebar which is constant for whole project and displays info fetched through db in autoloaded controller

Currently I have to manually write $data[‘todo’] for each and fetch info from autoloaded model.

Thank You.

Enquirer: Shishant


Solution #1:

1: Create MY_Controller in application/libraries with following:

class MY_Controller extends Controller {  
  var $data;      
  //constructor function              

2: Replace Controller to MY_Controller in all your controller files and load views with $this->data

class Contact extends Controller { //to.. } 

class Contact extends MY_Controller { 
 $this->load->view('contact_view', $this->data);

this way you can perform default functions that are applicable for whole site in MY_Controller like loading settings.

Respondent: Shishant

Solution #2:

I ran into a similar problem earlier today. I found that an easier way, rather than globals, was to use constants. You can define a constants file that will load from your index.php file:

// Include additional constants
$defines_file = 'includes/defines.php';
if (file_exists($defines_file))

Then you can add your constants to the defines.php file:

define(MY_CONSTANT,'my constant info');

This way they will be available in any file throughout the system either directly: echo MY_CONSTANT; or you can assign them to variables.

I decided this way would be easier for me as I would only have 1 location to go to when/if I needed to change the constants.


Respondent: stormdrain

Solution #3:

I used a helper function to call a global function!


function get_user($userid){
    $CI =& get_instance();

    $query = $CI->db->get_where('users', array('id' => $userid), 1, 0);
    foreach ($query->result() as $row){
        // Return a object with userdata!
        return $row;

Now I have access to my userdata everywhere..

Respondent: pkdkk

Solution #4:

Rather than making the view data global, I’d recommend using HMVC to build a module to produce this sidebar view. HMVC is a nice clean way of coding partial views.

Respondent: Stephen Curran

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