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This is all taken from ubercart uc_attribute module.

So in hook_form I have this:

  $items['admin/store/products/attributes/%uc_attribute/edit'] = array(
    'title' => 'Edit attribute',
    'description' => 'Edit a product attribute.',
    'page callback' => 'drupal_get_form',
    'page arguments' => array('uc_attribute_form', 4),
    'access arguments' => array('administer attributes'),
    'file' => 'uc_attribute.admin.inc',
  );

As far as I understand this menu entry will call the function drupal_get_form that will call the function uc_attribute_form using %uc_attribute as a parameter.

Now if I go to the function definition:

function uc_attribute_form($form, &$form_state, $attribute = NULL) {

  // If an attribute specified, add its ID as a hidden value.
  if (!empty($attribute)) {
    $form['aid'] = array('#type' => 'value', '#value' => $attribute->aid);
    drupal_set_title(t('Edit attribute: %name', array('%name' => $attribute->name)), PASS_THROUGH);
  }

It is clear that $attribute is not an integer when it is used by this fucntion. It actually is an attribute stdClass object probably loaded by uc_attribute_load(...).

My question is: What's happening behind drupal_get_form that at the end an integer (the attribute ID) coming from the URL, ends being a full attribute standard object.

I'm kind of learning / developing a module extension and tried to backtrace but definitely couldn't get to an answer.

Thanks!

Juan B.

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Its not related to drupal_get_form, its completely separated events sequentially fired in Drupal.

step 1 - First in menu: argument %something loaded via something_load and passed to page callback as parameters.

step 2 - Second in menu: page arguments will passed to function specified by page callback.

step 3- Third in drupal_get_form: get first argument uc_attribute_form as form ID and use it for build form and get second argument 4 from menu which loaded in step 1. 4 means fifth argument in path 0-admin/1-store/2-products/3-attributes/4-%uc_attribute/5-edit

EDIT: read more about hook_menu

Registered paths may also contain special "auto-loader" wildcard components in the form of '%mymodule_abc', where the '%' part means that this path component is a wildcard, and the 'mymodule_abc' part defines the prefix for a load function, which here would be named mymodule_abc_load().

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  • Thanks for the answer! So that would mean that in step 1, something_load(%uc_attribute) is called? If that is the case... is that documented somewhere so I can read more about? – user11794 Dec 2 '12 at 18:53
  • uc_attribute_load is called. something = uc_attribute in this case. post has been edited. – Mohammad Ali Akbari Dec 2 '12 at 19:02
  • Sorry I ddin't realize you posted the same documentation I posted as an answer before posting my answer, lol! Thanks a bunch!! – user11794 Dec 2 '12 at 19:55
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Thanks Mohammad but stilldidn't get it very clear. I kept looking in the documentation and I finally found it:

Registered paths may also contain special "auto-loader" wildcard components in the form of '%mymodule_abc', where the '%' part means that this path component is a wildcard, and the 'mymodule_abc' part defines the prefix for a load function, which here would be named mymodule_abc_load(). When a matching path is requested, your load function will receive as its first argument the path component in the position of the wildcard; load functions may also be passed additional arguments (see "load arguments" in the return value section below). For example, your module could register path 'my-module/%mymodule_abc/edit':

  $items['my-module/%mymodule_abc/edit'] = array(
    'page callback' => 'mymodule_abc_edit',
    'page arguments' => array(1),
  );

When path 'my-module/123/edit' is requested, your load function mymodule_abc_load() will be invoked with the argument '123', and should load and return an "abc" object with internal id 123:

  function mymodule_abc_load($abc_id) {
    return db_query("SELECT * FROM {mymodule_abc} WHERE abc_id = :abc_id", array(':abc_id' => $abc_id))->fetchObject();
  }

Thanks anyway for the directions!

Juan

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