I have a question about best practices in templates.

Let's assume I am editing the product details template file. I would like to call a method in the product model which can raise an exception.

What is the best way to proceed :

  • to put the call in a verbose try / catch in the template, displaying the appropriate result in case of success/failure ;
try {
    echo $product->getSomething()->getName();
} catch (NoSuchEntityException $ex) {
    echo "No related Something";
} catch (\Exception $ex)) {
    echo "An error occured while extracting the related Something";
  • or creating an intermediate method (in the block ?), handling the try catch and returning and array with the result (if success) and a possible message, to make the template cleaner?
$result = $block->getSomething();
if($result['message'] === "") { // Everything went well
    echo $result['Something']->getName();
} else { // Something went wrong
    echo $result['message'];

1 Answer 1


In my opinion templates don't have to contain any logic on that point.
If we take your exemple, the best way is to make the try / catch in the block, the template is here only to display data.

Block file
<?php class Foo extends \Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template { [...] public function getName() { [...] try { return $product->getSomething()->getName(); } catch (NoSuchEntityException $ex) { $this->logger->critical($ex);
return false; } catch (\Exception $ex) { $this->logger->critical($ex);
return false; } } }

Template file

/** @var string|false $name */
$name = $block->getName();

<?php if ($name): ?>
   // logic...
<?php endif; ?>

In your case you can imagine different types of return in your block function and test them on your template to display the right information.

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    Exactly this. Templates should be as dumb as possible and only do stuff like if, else, echo and first-class $block-methods. Anything else is not the responsibility of the template and breaks the S.O.L.I.D. principle at that point. The only responsibility a template has is render data to HTML, not the logic that determines what the data is or if it should be rendered (example: <?php if ($block->hasName()) : ?><h1><?php echo $block->getName(); ?></h1><?php endif; ?>) Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 13:12

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