Database naming conventions

  • Table name: projects, project_statuses, customers, addresses
    • If not sure, try Inflector::pluralize('project_status')
  • Primary key: id
  • Foreign keys: customer_id, project_status_id
    • Self reference: parent_id
  • Display field: Call it name, to automatically use it when baking
  • Timestamp: The fields created and modified will be automatically updated

Steps to add a field manually to a CakePHP model

  1. Add the field in the database
  2. Add the property to the Model/Entity header as @property
  3. Add the property to the $_accessible list
  4. Clear the _cake_model cache

Add a record with a field filled in from request parameters

In the Controllers function add()

if ($this->request->is('post')) {
    // [...]
} else { // add this
    $entityName->fieldName = $this->request->getQuery("fieldName");

Do not redirect to list after saving a form

In the Controllers function edit($id = null)

if ($this->request->is(['patch', 'post', 'put'])) {
    $entityName = $this->Entity->patchEntity($entityName, $this->request->getData());
    if ($this->Entity->save($entityName)) {
        $this->Flash->success(__('The entity has been saved.'));
        // return $this->redirect(['action' => 'index']); // remove this
    } else { // add else
        $this->Flash->error(__('The entity could not be saved. Please, try again.'));