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Using the slug in the Event URL

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Using the slug in the Event URL

We’ve got slugs! So let’s enjoy them by putting them into our URLs!

First, change the event_show route to use the slug instead of the id:

# src/Yoda/EventBundle/Resources/config/routing/event.yml
# ...

    pattern:  /{slug}/show
    defaults: { _controller: "EventBundle:Event:show" }

# ...

You can also update the other routes if you want to - but this is the most important URL to get right.

Update the showAction accordingly and query for the Event using the slug:

// src/Yoda/EventBundle/Controller/EventController.php
// ...

public function showAction($slug)
    $em = $this->getDoctrine()->getManager();

    $entity = $em->getRepository('EventBundle:Event')
        ->findOneBy(array('slug' => $slug));

    // ...

    // also change this line, since the $id variable is gone
    $deleteForm = $this->createDeleteForm($entity->getId());
    // ...

And with those 2 small changes, this page should work!

Updating the URL generation

Head over to the homepage to try it. Ah, a huge error:

An exception has been thrown during the rendering of a template (“Some mandatory parameters are missing (“slug”) to generate a URL for route “event_show”.”)

The event_show route now has a slug wildcard instead of id. So wherever we’re generating a URL to this route, we need to change the wildcard we’re passing to it.

I’ll use the “git grep” command to figure out where we’re using this route:

git grep event_show

Update each to pass in the slug instead of the id:

// src/Yoda/EventBundle/Controller/EventController.php
// ..

public function createAction(Request $request)
    // ...

    return $this->redirect($this->generateUrl(
        'event_show', array('slug' => $entity->getSlug())
{# src/Yoda/EventBundle/Resources/views/Event/index.html.twig #}
{# ... #}

<a href="{{ path('event_show', {'slug': entity.slug}) }}">{{ }}</a>
{# src/Yoda/EventBundle/Resources/views/Event/edit.html.twig #}
{# ... #}

<a class="link" href="{{ path('event_show', {'slug': entity.slug}) }}">show event</a>

Refresh the homepage. Nice! When we click on an event, we have a beautiful URL.

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What PHP libraries does this tutorial use?

// composer.json
    "require": {
        "php": ">=5.3.3",
        "symfony/symfony": "~2.4", // v2.4.2
        "doctrine/orm": "~2.2,>=2.2.3", // v2.4.2
        "doctrine/doctrine-bundle": "~1.2", // v1.2.0
        "twig/extensions": "~1.0", // v1.0.1
        "symfony/assetic-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.0
        "symfony/swiftmailer-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.5
        "symfony/monolog-bundle": "~2.4", // v2.5.0
        "sensio/distribution-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.4
        "sensio/framework-extra-bundle": "~3.0", // v3.0.0
        "sensio/generator-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.4
        "incenteev/composer-parameter-handler": "~2.0", // v2.1.0
        "doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle": "~2.2.0", // v2.2.0
        "ircmaxell/password-compat": "~1.0.3", // 1.0.3
        "phpunit/phpunit": "~4.1", // 4.1.0
        "stof/doctrine-extensions-bundle": "~1.1.0" // v1.1.0