sfPJSPlugin - 0.2.0

sfPJSPlugin plugin.

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sfPJS plugin

The sfPJSPlugin provides a MVC way to include JavaScript generated by PHP code. It also provides a new JavaScript view class and relies on .pjs templates.


  • Install the plugin

      symfony plugin-install http://plugins.symfony-project.com/sfPJSPlugin
  • Enable the sfPJS module in your application settings.yml

          enabled_modules:        [sfPJS](default,)
  • Replace the following lines in web/.htaccess

      # we skip all files with .something
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} \..+$
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.html$
      RewriteRule .* - [L]


      # we skip all files with .something
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} \..+$
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.html$
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.pjs$
      RewriteRule .* - [L]
  • Clear you cache

      symfony cc
  • You're done.


To link to a dynamic JavaScript file generated by a symfony action, use the following syntax:

  <?php use_helper('PJS') ?>

  <?php use_pjs('targetModule/targetAction?name=fabien') ?>

The targetModule/targetAction will be executed by symfony, so it can contain any usual action code:

  class targetModuleActions extends sfActions

    public function executeTargetAction()
      // Business logic here, as usual
      $this->name = $this->getRequestParameter('name');

      // Let's store the time
      $this->time = time();

The targetAction view has the layout disabled by default and the response content type is automatically changed to application/x-javascript.

Unlike normal actions, PJS actions look for a template ending with .pjs instead of .php. For this example, the default rendered template is targetActionSuccess.pjs:

  alert('Hello <?php echo $name ?>, it is already <?php echo date('d/m/Y', $time) ?>');

Alternative syntaxes

You can also include the dynamic JavaScript in one of the following ways:

  <?php sfPJSHelper::use_pjs('targetModule/targetAction?foo=bar') ?>

  <script src="<?php echo pjs_path('targetModule/targetAction?foo=bar') ?>" />

  <script src="<?php echo sfPJSHelper::pjs_path('targetModule/targetAction?foo=bar') ?>" />

Known limitations

  • Internet Explorer is known to cache JavaScript files regardless of HTTP headers. This is means that your template changes, the client will never see it. To bypass this limitation, you should add a version parameter to each call to the PJS helpers.

     <?php use_pjs('targetModule/targetAction?name=fabien&version=1') ?>

    Change the version each time you change the template.

    If your template relies on session parameters, you must use a random / incremental version to forbid client side caching completely.

     <?php use_pjs('targetModule/targetAction?name=fabien&version='.time()) ?>
     <?php use_pjs('targetModule/targetAction?name=fabien&version='.uniqid()) ?>
     <?php use_pjs('targetModule/targetAction?name=fabien&version='.rand(1000, 9999)) ?>
  • This is an experimental plugin and as such, the API can change.


2007-04-24 | 0.2.0 beta

  • fabien: initial release