Implementing dynamic forms to edit a speaker using Custom Forms in Open Event Frontend

Open Event Frontend allows the organizer of an event to customise the sessions and speakers form using the custom form API. While creating the event the organiser can select the form fields which he wants to place in the sessions and speakers form. This blog will illustrate how a form to edit the details of a speaker is created. Only those fields are included which were included by the person who created the event during the sessions and speakers creation section.

The first step is to retrieve the fields of the form. Each event has custom form fields which can be enabled on the sessions-speakers page, where the organiser can include/exclude the fields for speakers & session forms.

A query is written in the javascript file of the route admin/speakers/edit to retrieve the required details and create a form. The second query helps to determine the speaker id and include the model of speaker and the attribute values of the speaker with that specific id.

import Route from '@ember/routing/route';
import AuthenticatedRouteMixin from 'ember-simple-auth/mixins/authenticated-route-mixin';

export default Route.extend(AuthenticatedRouteMixin, {
 titleToken(model) {
   var speakerName = model.get('name');
   return this.get('l10n').t('Edit Speaker-'.concat(speakerName));
 },
 async model(params) {
   const eventDetails = this.modelFor('events.view');
   return {
     event : eventDetails,
     form  : await eventDetails.query('customForms', {
       'page[size]' : 50,
       sort         : 'id'
     }),
     speaker: await this.get('store').findRecord('speaker', params.speaker_id)
   };
 }
});

In the frontend we call the form of session and speakers. With the speaker-id being passed from the route, a form is created with the values entered by the user during the speaker creation and the other attributes marked included in the session-speakers wizard.

{{forms/session-speaker-form fields=model.form data=model save=(action 'save') isSpeaker=true includeSpeaker=true isSessionSpeaker=true isLoading=isLoading}}

Finally whenever user edits a speaker and clicks on the save button patch endpoint of the speakers API is called and the new details are saved.

Resources

  • Official Ember Model Table docs: http://onechiporenko.github.io/ember-models-table/v.1
  • Official Ember Data documentation: https://github.com/emberjs/data
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Using Custom Forms In Open Event API Server

One feature of the  Open Event management system is the ability to add a custom form for an event. The nextgen API Server exposes endpoints to view, edit and delete forms and form-fields. This blogpost describes how to use a custom-form in Open Event API Server.

Custom forms allow the event organizer to make a personalized forms for his/her event. The form object includes an identifier set by the user, and the form itself in the form of a string. The user can also set the type for the form which can be either of text or checkbox depending on the user needs. There are other fields as well, which are abstracted. These fields include:

  • id : auto generated unique identifier for the form
  • event_id : id of the event with which the form is associated
  • is_required : If the form is required
  • is_included : if the form is to be included
  • is_fixed : if the form is fixedThe last three of these fields are boolean fields and provide the user with better control over forms use-cases in the event management.

Only the event organizer has permissions to edit or delete these forms, while any user who is logged in to eventyay.com can see the fields available for a custom form for an event.

To create a custom-form for event with id=1, the following request is to be made:
POST  https://api.eventyay.com/v1/events/1/custom-forms?sort=type&filter=[]

with all the above described fields to be included in the request body.  For example:

{
 "data": {
   "type": "custom_form",
   "attributes": {
     "form": "form",
     "type": "text",
     "field-identifier": "abc123",
     "is-required": "true",
     "is-included": "false",
     "is-fixed": "false"
   }
 }
}

The API returns the custom form object along with the event relationships and other self and related links. To see what the response looks like exactly, please check the sample here.

Now that we have created a form, any user can get the fields for the same. But let’s say that the event organiser wants to update some field or some other attribute for the form, he can make the following request along with the custom-form id.

PATCH https://api.eventyay.com/v1/custom-forms/1

(Note: custom-form id must be included in both the URL as well as request body)

Similarly, to delete the form,
DELETE https://api.eventyay.com/v1/custom-forms/1     can be used.

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