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June 16, 2011 - (>= v3.0.0)
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validating a database column acceptance

accept option should be set to true if you are validating a database column, since the attribute is typecast from “1” to true before validation

validates :terms,
  acceptance: {
    allow_nil: false,
    accept: true
June 15, 2011
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Unusual block calling

It is important to note that the block form of this method is unlike any other block form in Rails. You would expect this to work:

<%= f.label :terms_and_conditions do %>
  Accept <%= link_to_page 'Terms and Conditions' %>
<% end %>

But doing this ends up messing up the form (I ended up with the form repeating itself). Instead you need to do:

<%= f.label :terms_and_conditions do
  'Accept ' + link_to_page('Terms and Conditions')
end %>

Which is really only mildly better than not using the block form:

<%= f.label :terms_and_conditions,
  'Accept ' + link_to_page('Terms and Conditions') %>

You are actually better of using capture if your code lends itself to the first non-working form:

<%= f.label :terms_and_conditions, (capture do %>
  Accept <%= link_to_page 'Terms and Conditions' %>
<% end) %>

Or if you prefer brackets to parenthesis you can do:

<%= f.label :terms_and_conditions, capture { %>
  Accept <%= link_to_page 'Terms and Conditions' %>
<% } %>
June 15, 2011 - (>= v2.0.0)
1 thank
June 15, 2011
1 thank


beware, update_all silently ignores :limit and :order option in 3.0.8.

I’ve fixed my code temporarily with

update_all "foo=1 where #{myscope.where_values} limit 1"
June 14, 2011 - (>= v2.3.2)
1 thank

Set ids when using a collection of values

The trick to getting the helper to populate a unique HTML ID and for rails to recognise a collection is to give the helper a unique ‘name’ and to set the :name symbol to parameter with an array symbol ‘[]’.

<% Cars.each do |c| %>
  <%= check_box_tag "car_ids[#{c.id}]", c.id, :name => "car_ids[]" %>
<% end %>
June 13, 2011
0 thanks

Generalized Zip

My 5 cents.

I find trully useful this. Is a kind of generalized zip. You can combine 2 or more enumerables (arrays or others) of any size into a hash, array of arrays, .… The size of the result is the size of the bigest of the enumerables. For the shortests enumerables nil elements are used at the end.

# method compose
def compose(*enumerables)
  enumerables.map(&:size).max.times do
    for enumerable in enumerables
      tupla << enumerable.shift
    res << (block_given? ? yield(tupla) : tupla)

some examples:

en1= [1, 2, 3, 4]
en2= ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e']
en3= {:elem1 => "1", :elem2 => "2", :elem3 => "3"}

p compose en1.dup, en2.dup, en3.dup
p a1=compose(en2.dup, en1.dup) {|a,b| {a.to_sym => b}}

p a1.inject({}) {|ac,item| ac.merge item}
p a1.flatten

p a2=compose(en2.dup, en1.dup).flatten
p Hash[*a2]

p a3=compose(en2.dup, en3.dup).flatten

Their outputs are:

#[[1, "a", [:elem1, "1"]], [2, "b", [:elem2, "2"]], [3, "c", [:elem3, "3"]], [4, "d", nil], [nil, "e", nil]]
#[{:a=>1}, {:b=>2}, {:c=>3}, {:d=>4}, {:e=>nil}]
#{:b=>2, :d=>4, :e=>nil, :c=>3, :a=>1}
#[{:a=>1}, {:b=>2}, {:c=>3}, {:d=>4}, {:e=>nil}]
#["a", 1, "b", 2, "c", 3, "d", 4, "e", nil]
#{"a"=>1, "b"=>2, "c"=>3, "d"=>4, "e"=>nil}
#["a", :elem1, "1", "b", :elem2, "2", "c", :elem3, "3", "d", nil, "e", nil]
June 10, 2011
0 thanks

Typo in matches? example

Iphone example should be def self.matches?(request)

June 4, 2011 - (>= v3.0.0)
4 thanks

finding without default scopes in rails 3

if you want to find without default scopes in rails 3 and with_exclusive_scope is giving you protected method errors in controllers, use unscoped for a similar purpose

June 1, 2011 - (>= v3.0.0)
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Catching rollback and re-raise exception

In response to wiseleyb, I don’t believe that you could put “rescue” in a transaction block, let alone catching ActiveRecord::Rollback. It would lead you to an “unexpected kRESCUE” error.

I think this is more appropriate.

def start_transaction
  Company.transaction do
    # don't forget the bang to make sure it raise
    # exception or the transaction won't rollback

    return true

  # re-raise exception here
  raise "Exception!"

Then you could call the method in another place, and it would raise rollback and other exception.

  # would return the "Exception!" if rollback occurs
  # it would also still trigger another exception other
  # than rollback.
May 31, 2011 - (>= v3.0.0)
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return random element

>> a = [1,2,3] >> a.sample 2

the same as

>> a[rand(a.length - 1)] 1

May 26, 2011
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Don't Use to_formatted_s(:db) on an Array of IDs

I thought using to_formatted_s(:db) on an array of ids would separate them with commas in a nice way. Wrong. It does, but it also changes the numbers.


[60, 271, 280, 283].to_formatted_s(:db)
# => "121,543,561,567"    # Completely different numbers!

Instead, use the join method:


[60, 271, 280, 283].join(",")
# => "60,271,280,283"      # Much better

I think this has to do with (:db) being used for formatting dates but I’m not sure.

May 24, 2011
2 thanks

must be first

A little gotcha I ran into.

This must be defined before you define your relationships.


class Ticket < ActiveRecord::Base
  set_table_name 'ticket'
  belongs_to :customer
  has_one :account, :through => :customer

if you do the relationships first it will not use the correct table name on the lookups.

May 23, 2011 - (>= v3.0.5)
5 thanks

Change to the way the block is handled

At least in 3.0.5, some of the previous examples no longer work: ActionView seems to quietly ignore Array content.

If you were using code of the form

content_tag(:li, nil, :class => 'someClass') {
  arr.collect { |x|
    content_tag(:ul, x)

it now needs to look like

content_tag(:li, nil, :class => 'someClass') {
  arr.reduce('') { |c, x|
    c << content_tag(:ul, x)
May 20, 2011 - (>= v3.0.0)
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relative_url_root= no longer exists in Rails 3.0

Rails 3.0 does this with scope in config/routes.rb

scope "/exampleapp" do
  resources :examples
  root :to => "examples#index"
May 6, 2011
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Asserting Emails

–setup_mailer.rb in config/initializers –rails g mailer MailerName –methods in mailer_name.rb –files in views/mailer_name –MailerName.method(@object).deliver in object controller

May 6, 2011
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Using OpenID

–rails g nifty:authentication –redo rake db:migrate –add: before_filter :login_required, :except => :index to appropriate controllers.

May 6, 2011
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Using New

-rails new ProjectName -switch directories -git repo “git init”, then commit -add gems, bundle install -rails g scaffold TableName attribute:type attribute:type….. -authentication -add attribute_accessible/relationships/validations -get rid of index.html in public, set root “table#index” -rails g nifty:layout -rake db:migrate -git repo -rails s, see if works -change id’s to names in show and indexes -images go to public/images -partials are rendered in application.html.erb

April 28, 2011
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Backport from 1.9

Below is a backport of the Ruby 1.9 implementation (minus some encoding stuff). The main thing this provides you is the ability to say :foo => [‘bar’, ‘baz’] and have that turn into foo=bar&foo=baz (i.e. multiple values for the same key).

Just require into your project and use it like you are on 1.9.

module Net
  module HTTPHeader

    def set_form_data(params, sep = '&')
      query = URI.encode_www_form(params)
      query.gsub!(/&/, sep) if sep != '&'
      self.body = query
      self.content_type = 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'
    alias form_data= set_form_data


module URI

  def self.encode_www_form(enum)
    enum.map do |k,v|
      if v.nil?
      elsif v.respond_to?(:to_ary)
        v.to_ary.map do |w|
          str = k.dup
          unless w.nil?
            str << '='
            str << w
        str = k.dup
        str << '='
        str << v

April 24, 2011
0 thanks

Input strings are treated as regexp

Input strings are treated as regexp, but you can escape special regexp characters as usual:

"*test*".should match "\\*test\\*" #=> pass
"*test*".should match '\*test\*' #=> pass
"*test*".should match /\*test\*/ #=> pass
April 22, 2011
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Remove non empty directories

To remove a non empty directory use FileUtils:

April 22, 2011
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Careful when comparing strings

Input String is treated as Regexp:

"*test*".should match "*test*" #=> fail
"*test*".should match ".*test.*" #=> pass

Regexp special characters inside input String can’t [be] escaped:

"*test*".should match "\*test\*" #=> fail
"*test*".should match /\*test*\/ #=> pass
April 22, 2011
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Eql equals ==

Use eql to compare values as you would use ==:

"test".should eql "test" #=> pass
"test".should == "test" #=> pass

Do not confuse with equal which compares objects.

April 22, 2011
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Test strings with eql

Equal fails when comparing two different string objects:

"test".should equal "test" #=> fail
"test".should match "test" #=> pass
"test".should eql "test" #=> pass

In fact:

"test".object_id.should_not eql "test".object_id #=> pass

Match fails when the string contains regex special characters not escaped:

"*test*".should match "*test*" #=> fail for invalid regex
"*test*".should eql "*test*" #=> pass

In fact, match treats input as regexp:

"*test*".should match /\*test\*/ #=> pass
April 14, 2011
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Chops the last character off a string.

> a = "12345"
> a.chop
=> "1234"
> a
=> "12345"
> a.chop!
=> "1234"
> a
=> "1234
April 14, 2011
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Why gsub!

I notice other adapters use sql.sub!, not sql.gsub! and in fact I had trouble with adding the limit parameter to any query involving nested selects. Replacing sql.gsub! with sql.sub! solved that problem for me. Has anyone else had a similar experience with this method?

In other words, replace:

sql.gsub!(/SELECT/i, 'SELECT B.* FROM (SELECT A.*, row_number() over () AS internal$rownum FROM (SELECT')


sql.sub!(/SELECT/i, 'SELECT B.* FROM (SELECT A.*, row_number() over () AS internal$rownum FROM (SELECT')
April 14, 2011
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logging before filters

If you need to track and log which before filters are called for the purpose of debugging your app/before_filters. Then here’s a suggestion, how this could be accomplished:


April 8, 2011
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customizing text when using label in a form

Instead of the default text Email you can change it to “Primary Email” like this: f.label :email, “Primary Email”

April 6, 2011 - (v3.0.5)
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the source is wrong!

in 3.0.5, the source code in line 15 looks like this:

respond_to?(:"#{k}=") ? send(:"#{k}=", v) : raise(UnknownAttributeError, "unknown attribute: #{k}")

whats wrong with apidock?

April 4, 2011
2 thanks

Working with match captures

Let’s say you wanted to filter out passwords from:

s = "password=bob&password=jim&password=jane"

You’d do this:

r = /password\=([^\&]+)/
s.gsub!(r) { |m| m.gsub!($1, "[FILTERED]") }

Which would return

April 4, 2011 - (>= v3.0.0)
0 thanks