Check for existing children behaviour

In some of my projects I had a requirement to prevent deletion of the records, which had children. That’s why I create a small behaviour which checks these cases and prevent this.

Add this code in /app/models/behaviours/has_children.php

<?php
/**
 * Prevent deletion if child record found
 *
 * @author    Nik Chankov
 * @url    http://nik.chankov.net
 */

class HasChildrenBehavior extends ModelBehavior {
    /**
     * Empty Setup Function
    */

    function setup(&$model) {
        $this->model = $model;
    }
   
    /**
     * Run the check and cancel the deletion if child is found
     * @access public
     */

    function beforeDelete(){
        if(isset($this->model->hasMany)){
            foreach($this->model->hasMany as $key=>$value){
                $childRecords = $this->model->{$key}->find('count', array('conditions'=>array($value['foreignKey']=>$this->model->id)));
                if($childRecords > 0){
                    return false;
                }
            }
        }
        //Checking habtm relation as well, thanks to Zoltan
        if(isset($this->model->hasAndBelongsToMany)){
            foreach($this->model->hasAndBelongsToMany as $key=>$value){
                $childRecords = $this->model->{$key}->find('count', array('conditions'=>array($value['foreignKey']=>$this->model->id)));
                if($childRecords > 0){
                    return false;
                }
            }
        }
        return true;
    }
}
?>

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Extended Autocomplete Helper

When I started with CakePHP, my first project includes also Autocomplete functionality for some fields. Of course I start using default Ajax Helper provided from the library. The main problem was that in most of the cases I needed the ID of the string which I searched. The best example is the Country list which is very easy to be accessed with Autocomplete, but instead to messing up with strings as usual developer I wanted to have the ID of the specified country. I used some kind of hack by adding callback function onComplete, which checks the selection in the Autocomplete field, and by this selection set hidden ID field, but as you can imagine this is not the best choice, first of all because it’s a hack – you rely on a sting which already sound as a hack /imagine if you are searching in a list there are some duplicated entries – examples are too many/ and second if you rely on callback this mean that you need another second or two for the second responce. Anyway, by giving this examples just wanted to convince you once again that Autocomplete helper with Key and Value related are really necessary in the projects /or at least that’s what I am thinking./

Well so far the default Autocomplete helper doesn’t provide such functionality. That’s why I created this helper which solves this problem partly. Why partly? You will see the answer of this in Strict Autocomplete with Scriptaculous (Part II)
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