I'm working with this event dispatch: dispatchEvent('nextbits_form_save_after',array('form_data'=>$params, 'form_model'=>$formModel)); but I don't have any documentation on it.

The event fires after a contact form is submitted, and I need to do some routing to deliver the posted data to specific email addresses based on some of the choices on the form, etc. How can I get a listing or enumeration of the data that is passed with the event?

I was thinking something along the lines of:

$request = $observer->getEvent()->getData(‘form_data’);

and then

foreach ($request as $k => $v) $output .= "Key: '".$k."' | Value: ".$v."<br>";

...but I get no response from that....

  • put here your observer code...
    – Amit Bera
    Apr 10, 2014 at 20:03
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    Haven't really put anything together yet. I need to pass the form information to an email recipient. And also need to route the email to an appropriate recipient based on the Country and/or State data submitted with the form. My problem is, I need to layout the data to construct the email message as well as code the logic to properly send the email...but I have no idea what data (or what it's called) is coming over with the event....
    – gnicko
    Apr 10, 2014 at 20:15
  • Did you try $this->getRequest() and/or '$this->getRequest()->getParams()`?
    – pspahn
    Apr 10, 2014 at 21:47
  • I did try $request = $observer->getEvent()->getRequest()->getParams(); and ` = $observer->getEvent()->getRequest()`, but don't seem to get anything back.
    – gnicko
    Apr 11, 2014 at 13:10
  • Just tried this: $event = $observer->getEvent(); $formData = $event->getFormData(); // magic get/set $formModel = $event->getFormModel(); // magic get/set $fd = zend_debug::dump($formData); $fm = zend_debug::dump($formModel);
    – gnicko
    Apr 11, 2014 at 13:28

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The request object is not part of the observer object. So (i believe) the only solution to get to this data is to use Mage::app()->getRequest() from within your flow to get the request object. From there on you probably know the rest of the way with getParams() etc.

  • Thanks... I must not be doing it right. $observer = Mage::app()->getRequest(); $request = $observer->getEvent()->getData(‘form_data’); foreach ($request as $k => $v) $Body .= "Key: '".$k."' | Value: ".$v."<br>"; ...no output at all.
    – gnicko
    Apr 14, 2014 at 13:32
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    Yes, you're doing it wrong unfortunately. Try doing the following $request = Mage::app()->getRequest() and then $request->getData() contains all your needed data. Currently you are mixing the request syntax with observer type syntax, hence it does not work. If this solves your issues, please mark this answer as the correct one.
    – Tim Hofman
    Apr 14, 2014 at 15:28
  • Yes! This works: $event = $observer->getEvent(); $formData = $event->getFormData(); $formModel = $event->getFormModel(); echo "<pre>"; print_R($formData); print_R($formModel); for what I need. Thank you @Tim
    – gnicko
    Apr 16, 2014 at 14:34
  • Superb, good to hear!
    – Tim Hofman
    Apr 16, 2014 at 14:57

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