Documentation needed for simple category-child listing using razor templates

May 12, 2015 at 5:21 PM
As per Daniel Mettler's suggestion on Twitter, I'm re-posting my question here about categories.

I haven't fully figured out how to setup and display a list of categories and the items in each category. From a content editors point of view, they would have 1 module and 1 list. Then each item in the list would have a Category dropdown to set the category.

Here's what the outputted code might look like:
<h2>Category One</h2>
<li>Hobby 1</li>
<li>Second hobby</h3>
<li>Hobby #3</li>

<h2>Category Two</h2>
<li>Fourth hobby</li>
<li>Hobby Cinq</h3>
<li>The Sixth Hobby</li>

<h2>Category Three</h2>
<li>Seventh hobby</li>
<li>Hobby Eight</h3>
<li>The ninth and last hobby</li>
So, please provide these:
  1. How to set up the content types and entities
  2. Please provide a working razor template
May 12, 2015 at 6:42 PM
Hey Aaron

Here is my 3 minutes of live setup and coding

setting up very simple person with hobbies app

as well as the app created there

download hobbies app

I leave it to Daniel to make an example using the new visual designer and the RelationshipDataSource, have to look into that some more detail myself as well.

Armand 2DNN
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Marked as answer by dnnsuperfan on 5/12/2015 at 1:51 PM
May 12, 2015 at 9:52 PM
This looks fantastic. It really helps me understand a lot better. Thank you.
May 13, 2015 at 7:01 AM
My 2cents

Great solution - many thanks for that video :) !

You still have 2 core questions: are you creating a list of Categories - with hobbies attached - or a list of hobbies, with categories attached.

Depending on your goal the setup is a bit different. nokikos example created a categories list with hobbies attached.

If your primary goal is to create hobbies and give them one or more categories, then your setup is a bit different

Content type Hobby
  • Title
  • Description
  • Category
The code can be done in many ways. Beginners usually various loops and always check if the category changed (if lastCategory!= currentCategory) to then add a header in between. The cleanest is to prepare the data (sort/group) and then just output it. To do that you need some LINQ-know how, so if you don't understand that you'll have to decide if it's worth learning (should take you a few hours) but trust me - it's absolutely worth it!
Here something about grouping:

Template (pseudo-code, I didn't check the details)
using System.Linq
// for remembering current hobby category

var hobbies = AsDynamic(Data["Default"]);
var hobbyGroups = from h in hobbies
    group h by h.Category[0].Name into hobbyGroup
    select hobbyGroup

// var lastCategory = "";
@foreach(var group in hobbyGroup) {
@foreach(var hob in group) {

May 13, 2015 at 5:35 PM
I'm actually building an FAQ section. So it's a list of questions. But I want them sorted by category.

I'll take a look at this example you provided. Thanks.