I'm going to be inserting some data into a channel via a custom Add-on. It looks as thought I should be using the Channel Entries API in order to do this, which is fine.

What I need to do first though is select some supporting data from some existing Channels. There doesn't seem to be anything in the above API to fetch existing data unless I missed it. What's the best way to accomplish this? I'm happy to use the DB Class, if that's the only way of doing it. I just wanted to check there wasn't a preferred method of doing this before I go re-inventing the wheel!

Any help, gratefully received.

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I believe that fetching data from existing channels/entries is just a case of querying the database so it's either straight to the DB class or via CI Active Record It's probably better to use the Active Record class.

  • Thanks Ian. Looks like I was headed in the right direction. Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 7:39

You should look here: https://github.com/objectivehtml/Channel-Data

It might help you.

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    Yup, I was going to post the same thing. I wrote Channel Data for this exact purpose. It uses the DB class and active record so it's really a step beyond that. Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 18:59
  • Thanks to both of you, this looks like it'll do the trick nicely. Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 7:37
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    Hey, nice. I wasn't aware of Channel Date but that looks like a time saver. Do you know of any existing extensions which use this Class so I can take a look at and break down a real-world example?
    – Ian Young
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 8:31
  • I'd be grateful of some examples as well, as I'm struggling to get to grips with it. Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 11:11
  • Ok, I check the repository of the Channel-Data. But there was no info of how to install it. Where to put these files?
    – Krasimir
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 9:21

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