[development] How to pass form values to page that actually does something.

Bayne, Sam sbayne at sccd.ctc.edu
Mon May 10 16:37:20 UTC 2010

I'm quite frustrated with the Form API right now, so please forgive my tone.

I've got a form that has a bunch of inputs, all of them multiselects, that allow the user to choose what classes to see in our schedule.
(our class schedule is in an external database).  I've got a bunch of code in the form_submit function that builds a very elaborate sql query to get the list of requested classes.

Unfortunately, the form_submit function is not actually permitted to display anything except through drupal_set_message().

So I have to either pass my complicated sql query, or all the contents of the form fields to some other page through $form_state['redirect'].

How do I do that without shoving it all into the querystring?

Right now, I'm looking at the performance issues of:

A: storing the query as a string in the database with a query_id, then sending a query_id in the redirect,
B: storing the result of the query in the database with a result_id, then sending a result_id in the redirect.

Is there some other way to accomplish what I want?

p.s. I've looked at the search module, it basically shoves the form input into the querystring of the redirect. That'll work for a single input, but multiple array inputs will be a huge pain.

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