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September 24, 2009 - (>= v2.2.1)
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September 24, 2009 - (>= v2.2.1)
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September 24, 2009 - (>= v2.2.1)
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September 24, 2009 - (>= v2.2.1)
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September 24, 2009 - (>= v2.2.1)
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September 24, 2009 - (>= v2.2.1)
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September 18, 2009 - (>= v2.3.2)
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Regenerate the JavaScript after each RJS call

RISCfuture - I had trouble using sortable_element_js in my rjs (javascript error when I used options), but had success with page.sortable(‘the_id’,{a_hash_of_my_options}) in my rjs

September 14, 2009
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Pluralize Without Count

Helper method that returns the word without the count.

application_helper.rb

def pluralize_without_count(count, noun, text = nil)
  if count != 0
    count == 1 ? "#{noun}#{text}" : "#{noun.pluralize}#{text}"
  end
end

Example usage:

_form.html.erb

<%= pluralize_without_count(item.categories.count, 'Category', ':') %>
September 9, 2009
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Will discard any order option

order_by(:created_at).find_each == FAIL!!!

class ActiveRecord::Base
  # normal find_each does not use given order but uses id asc
  def self.find_each_with_order(options={})
    raise "offset is not yet supported" if options[:offset]

    page = 1
    limit = options[:limit] || 1000

    loop do
      offset = (page-1) * limit
      batch = find(:all, options.merge(:limit=>limit, :offset=>offset))
      page += 1

      batch.each{|x| yield x }

      break if batch.size < limit
    end
  end
end
September 9, 2009
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extend adds class methods too

Because classes are objects. So for example:

module Ispeak
  def says
    "greetings aliens!"
  end
end

module Ieat
  def eats
    "spinach"
  end
end

module Inhabitant
  def says
    "I'm strong to the finish"
  end
end

class Human
  extend Ispeak # add class methods from Ispeak
  include Inhabitant # add instance methods from Inhabitant
end

Human.extend Ieat # add class methods from Ieat

puts Human.says # -> greetings aliens!
puts Human.eats # -> spinach

popeye = Human.new

puts popeye.says # -> I'm strong to the finish
September 9, 2009
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Attachment's name

Files attached in a standard way are shown up as “noname”. You can specify any name by using the :filename key:

attachment :content_type => "application/pdf",
           :filename     => "Othersheet.pdf",
           :body         => File.read("example.pdf")
September 7, 2009
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:popup gotcha in IE

If your popup title contains spaces or escaped HTML characters, Internet Explorer (at least 6/7) will not pop up a new window but open the link in the existing browser window.

September 6, 2009
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Add last_week to core_extensions

If you want to implement last_week as posted by Mange, save it as:

lib/core_extensions.rb

class Date
  def last_week(day = :monday)
    days_into_week = { :monday => 0, :tuesday => 1, :wednesday => 2, :thursday => 3, :friday => 4, :saturday => 5, :sunday => 6}
    result = (self - 7).beginning_of_week + days_into_week[day]
    self.acts_like?(:time) ? result.change(:hour => 0) : result
  end
end

And add to:

config/environment.rb

require 'core_extensions'
September 1, 2009 - (>= v2.3.2)
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session expiration

If you need to set expiration period for sessions through all controllers in your application, simply add the following option to your config/intializers/session_store.rb file:

:expire_after => 60.minutes

If you need to set different expiration time in different controllers or actions, use the following code in action or some before_filter:

request.session_options = request.session_options.dup
request.session_options[:expire_after] = 5.minutes
request.session_options.freeze

Duplication of the hash is needed only because it is already frozen at that point, even though modification of at least :expire_after is possible and works flawlessly.

from - http://squarewheel.pl/posts/3

August 26, 2009
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Passing an :object to the partial

For some reason the :object option is completely undocumented. Here’s an example usage.

# Renders the partial, making @new_person available through the local variable 'person'
render :partial => "person", :object => @new_person

(Credit goes to Catfish for the example, which I obtained from http://dev.rubyonrails.or/ticket/8518 )

August 26, 2009 - (v1.0.0 - v2.3.2)
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sending an array of multiple options

To make sure that you’ll receive a array you should declare the name of the select with “[ ]” like that:

Example

<%= select_tag "users[]", options_for_select(@users.collect{|x| [x.name,x.id]}), {:multiple => :multiple, :size => 10} %>
August 24, 2009
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Getting (n..end)

It would seem like it would be possible to say, get everything from element i and to the end by saying

# WRONG!
a[i, -1] # "From 2 to the last element"

but since the second parameter does not say the ending index, but instead the length, this is not possible and you will get nil from the above code.

What you should do instead is using that the length can be specified longer then how long it is going to be:

b = [1, 2, 3]
# Return up to a million elements
# (not "return an array WITH 1 million elements")
b[2, 1_000_000] #=> [3]

# Size is guaranteed to never be shorter
# than our returned value should be
a[i, a.size]

It is a waste to do something like this:

a[i, a.size - i]
a[i..(a.size-i)]
August 21, 2009
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How not to find an element

assert_select ‘div’, :count => 0

August 21, 2009
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Passing parameters to custom formbuilders

If you implement your own formbuilder, the options passed are available as @options inside your formbuilder. If you want those configuration options passed to all builders in the fields_for sections, use the following code in your form builder:

def fields_for_with_options(record_or_name_or_array, *args, &block) options = args.extract_options! fields_for_without_options(record_or_name_or_array, *(args << options.merge(@options)), &block) end alias_method_chain :fields_for, :options

Usage:

form_for @my_object, :builder => MyCustomFormbuilder, :some_setting => :cool
August 20, 2009
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Symbol#to_proc

@tadman - or simply defining:

class Symbol
  def to_proc
    proc { |obj, *args| obj.send(self, *args) }
  end
end
August 19, 2009 - (v2.1.0 - v2.3.2)
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Gotcha with class_inheritable_accessor and cloneing the attribute values

The key thing to note from post is that class_inheritable_accessor copies the value from the parent class at inherit time. So, if you are setting a default value of an array and doing something like the following you might end up with unintended results:

>> A.class_inheritable_foo << 'from a'
=> ["from a"]
>> B.class_inheritable_foo << 'from b'
=> ["from a", "from b"]
>> C.class_inheritable_foo << 'from c'
=> ["from a", "from b", "from c"]

However, if you use the form:

class << self
  def class_instance_foo
    @class_instance_processors ||= []
  end
end

The original values aren’t copied from the parent class when you reference the class for the first time:

>> A.class_instance_foo << 'from a'
=> ["from a"]
>> B.class_instance_foo << 'from b'
=> ["from b"]
>> C.class_instance_foo << 'from c'
=> ["from c"]
August 18, 2009
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Auto-submitting select tag

If you want your form to be submitted when user selects something, use:

:onchange => "this.form.submit();"

For example:

select_tag "people", "<option>David</option>", :onchange => "this.form.submit();"
August 18, 2009
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Using custom object via :object

Sometimes you need use select not only with @object as by default. For example if you have helper method like :

def select_parent_for(page)
  select(:page, :parent_id, Page.all.collect{|p| [p.name, p.id]} ) # <--- mistake!
end

In selected line you will use @page instead parameter of method page.

The options has parameter :object (and all form helpers has such parameter)

Solution:

def select_parent_for(page)
  select(:page, :parent_id, ..., :object => page)
end
August 17, 2009
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Freezing Time.now with Time.is

Sometimes when writing unit tests/specifications our code sets an attribute of an object using Time.now because running specs/test takes time.

The solution is to “freeze” Time.now with the following Time.is method:

class Time

  def self.metaclass
    class << self; self; end
  end

 # useful for unit testing
 # Time.is(Time.now) do
 #   Time.now # => Tue Nov 13 19:31:46 -0500 2007
 #   sleep 2
 #   Time.now # => Tue Nov 13 19:31:46 -0500 2007
 # end
 #
 # Time.is("10/05/2006") do
 #   Time.now # => Thu Oct 05 00:00:00 -0400 2006
 #   sleep 2
 #   Time.now # => Thu Oct 05 00:00:00 -0400 2006
 # end
  def self.is(point_in_time)
    new_time = case point_in_time
               when String then Time.parse(point_in_time)
               when Time then point_in_time
               else raise ArgumentError.new("argument should be a string or time instance")
               end
    class << self
      alias old_now now
    end
    metaclass.class_eval do
      define_method :now do
        new_time
      end
    end
    yield
    class << self
      alias now old_now
      undef old_now
    end
  end

end

It’s a good idea to add this to your spec_helper/test_helper and “freeze” time whenever you’re testing functionality that depends on a specific time value.

August 17, 2009
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Time in fixtures

When creating fixtures you should use this method to set created_at/updated_at timestamps correctly:

eg:

This won’t work as expected (created_at/updated_at will be nil) a

one:
  episode: active1
  play_id: 1
  play_time: 20
  country: United Kingdom
  created_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009') %>
  updated_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009') %>

but this will work as expected:

one:
  episode: active1
  play_id: 1
  play_time: 20
  country: United Kingdom
  created_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009').to_s(:db) %>
  updated_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009').to_s(:db) %>
August 17, 2009
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Time in fixtures

When creating fixtures you should use this method to set created_at/updated_at timestamps correctly:

eg:

This won’t work as expected (created_at/updated_at will be nil) a

one:
  episode: active1
  play_id: 1
  play_time: 20
  country: United Kingdom
  created_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009') %>
  updated_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009') %>

but this will work as expected:

one:
  episode: active1
  play_id: 1
  play_time: 20
  country: United Kingdom
  created_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009').to_s(:db) %>
  updated_at: <%= Time.parse('22:00 14 Aug 2009').to_s(:db) %>
August 16, 2009
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Small notice about recognize urls with specific HTTP verbs

This is wrong ruby syntax:

assert_recognizes {:controller => 'items', :action => 'create'}, {:path => 'items', :method => :post}

Parentheses are obligatory in this case:

assert_recognizes({:controller => 'items', :action => 'create'}, {:path => 'items', :method => :post})
August 15, 2009
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To find element ant not to find element

If you want to see administration panel:

assert_select "div.admin-panel"

But if you want to NOT see administration panel just write:

assert_no_tag 'div', :attributes => {:class => 'admin-panel'}
August 13, 2009
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With multiple parameters

Example

remote_function(
   :url => some_remote_function_path, 
   :with => "'key1='+$('elem_id').value +'&key2='+$('elem_id').value+ '&this_elem_value='+value"
)