Cleanly retrieving user profile data using an Entity Metadata Wrapper
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Today I needed to load some Drupal user data via a profile2 profile. When looking into this, most resources that I found suggest using this approach and calling the
profile2_load_by_user() function directly and passing in the user object:
$account = user_load(...); $accountWrapper = new EntityDrupalWrapper('user', $account); // or `$accountWrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('user', $account); $profile = profile2_load_by_user($account->value()); // or `$profile = profile2_load_by_user($account);` $profileWrapper = new EntityDrupalWrapper('profile2', $profile); $firstName = $profileWrapper->get('field_first_name')->value();
This though requires a few steps, and as I'm a fan of object-orientated code and Entity Metadata Wrappers, I wanted to find a cleaner solution.
This is my preferred method that uses method chaining. It returns the same value, is less code, and in my opinion, it's cleaner and easier to read.
$firstName = $accountWrapper ->get('profile_user_basic') ->get('field_first_name') ->value();