Need to display if a Asset field within a Matrix field has a file or not. While this works, the overhead is really high. Is there a way to write this with less overhead? Based on the EE template debug, here's the simplified snippet that causes the most lag:

          {if '{matrixfield search:assetfield="not IS_EMPTY"}{row_id}{/matrixfield}'!=""}
             I'm not blank!

Using the search+row_id is most efficient way I've tested to write it, but it's still some 2k queries/8sec vs the 100/.xsec the site normally has. With the Asset in Matrix, in Playa, in Entries I would expect some additional processing time. Open to any ideas to try!

  • Could you not just check to see if the matrix cell is empty by using the matrix column name rather than actually checking the Asset field within the Matrix field?
    – Ian Young
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 18:07
  • The column name calls the Assets plugin. {matrixfield}{asset_column_name}{/matrixfield} had even more overhead. Unless there's a way to ask for that column without using the cell name itself. Is that what you were suggesting or did I miss something?
    – Blair
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 23:53
  • Blair, I think I'm confused as well. Have you tried {matrixfield}{if asset_column_name != ""}{row_id}{/if}{/matrixfield}?
    – Lisa
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 22:04
  • I didn't know that was a tag. Where's the docs for it and I'll give it a shot?
    – Blair
    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 1:22
  • Ok, sorry, brain fail. The asset_column_name (what I called assetfield, which is really called audio_file) used in that way gives about another 300 queries. I did try that.
    – Blair
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 0:16

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I have the same problem - did you ever discover a good way to get around the n+1 problem?

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