Active Record: Accessing Foreign Record Parameters

(Matts Almighty) #1

Hi folks!

I’m trying and suffering for 3 hours now and I begin to doubt.

I’ve a model ‘Message’ with these relations:

public function relations() {

        return array(

            'user' => array(self::BELONGS_TO, 'User', 'user'),



and these properties: id, message, user

The relations of the user-model:

'messages' => array(self::HAS_MANY, 'Message', 'user'),

And these properties: id, name

The name of the user must appear in the view when I do a foreach on my messages.

So I tried this code:

echo $message->user->name;

but it fails… When i do $message-> user, I get the right id.

Now the question: Is this possible? Or do I have to write a function in the message-model in which a usermodel is loaded.

Thanks in advance!

(Haosmark) #2

Yeah that’s pretty much how you do it as far as I know. Not sure why it isn’t working for you.

Are your tables in InnoDB engine and foreign keys tied to name?

(Softark) #3

Hi MrVein, welcome to the forum.

The cause of the problem is that you share the same name for an attribute and a relation.

Try this for testing:

public function relations() {

        return array(

            'm_user' => array(self::BELONGS_TO, 'User', 'user'),




echo $message->m_user->name;

It’s better to use ‘user_id’ instead of ‘user’ for the name of the FK column.

Guidelines for good schema design > DO name your foreign key fields ending in "id"