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October 7, 2008 - (v2.0.3 - v2.1.0)
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Validate Mixup

Looks like the docs from validate got mixed up here. Only the last example is actually relevant to validates_each.

October 7, 2008 - (v2.0.3 - v2.1.0)
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More on deprecation

This is not deprecated. I think the docs are confused because the validate, validate_on_create, and validate_on_update methods are actually callbacks and not explicitly defined on their own. The correct usage is the same as in the docs above.

October 6, 2008 - (<= v2.1.0)
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Multiple select and observe form

To make an observe form send all of the values selected in a multiple select html list, ensure you have the square brackets set in the name for the select tag e.g: group[]. This makes it pass the selected options in the params hash as an array.

<% remote_form_for :model, :url => {:action => ‘list’}, :html =>{:id => ‘model_id’} do |form| %>

<%= select_tag(‘group[]’, options_for_select(Model.find(:all).collect{|v|v.property}), :multiple => true) %>

<% end %>

<%= observe_form( ‘model’, :frequency => 2, :url => {:action => ‘list’} ) %>

October 3, 2008
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POST DATA

post data should be separed with ‘&’ and not ‘;’

your example

req.set_form_data({'from'=>'2005-01-01', 'to'=>'2005-03-31'}, ';')

should be

req.set_form_data({'from'=>'2005-01-01', 'to'=>'2005-03-31'}, '&')

isnt it?

October 2, 2008
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:prefix option

Be aware!

By default, if you do select_month(Date.today, :field_name => ‘start’) it will generate select tag with name “date[start]”. If you want it to be something other than date[], add :prefix option, like this:

select_month(Date.today, :field_name => 'start', :prefix => 'timer')

This will render select tag with name “timer[start]”.

Taken from sources of name_and_id_from_options method.

October 2, 2008
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Setting ttl

Use the expires_in option to set a TTL for the cached item.

Rails.cache.write("top_items", :expires_in => 5.minutes)

You can use this with the fetch method as well:

Rails.cache.fetch("top_items", :expires_in => 5.minutes) do
  # some very expensive calculations
end

Note: this only works with supporting cache stores, like the MemCacheStore

October 1, 2008
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September 30, 2008
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If you're not using resource

If you don’t use resource for your remote_form_for, then :url option is necessary.

For example:

<% remote_form_for "not_resource" do |f| ... %> 

won’t work. But with :url option, it will:

<% remote_form_for "not_resource", 
     :url => { :controller => "recommend", :action => "send" } do ... %> 
September 28, 2008 - (v2.0.0 - v2.1.0)
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has_one Nesting in Rails 2.0

Routers:

map.resources :user, :has_one => [:avatar]

Views:

form_for [@user, @avatar], :url => user_avatar_url(@user) do |f|
...
end
September 27, 2008
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Example using simple_matcher

This is extracted from: http://blog.davidchelimsky.net/2008/6/7/thoughts-on-the-dance-off

Here’s an example:

def be_sorted
  simple_matcher("a sorted list") {|actual| actual.sort == actual}
end
[1,2,3].should be_sorted

The block is handed the actual value. If the block returns true, the expectation passes. If it returns false, it fails with the following message:

expected “a sorted list” but got [1, 3, 2]

If you say [1,2,3].should_not be_sorted you’d get this message instead=:

expected not to get “a sorted list”, but got [1, 2, 3]

As of now, you don’t get any control over the failure message other than the string you pass to the simple_matcher method

September 26, 2008 - (v1.2.6 - v2.1.0)
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Pass the observed fields value as a parameter in the Ajax request

Use encodeURIComponent with with to pass an encoded value as a parameter (POST or GET) of the AJAX request. For example:

<%= observe_field :company_id,

:url => {:action => ‘facilities’, :only_path => false}, :with => “‘company=’ + encodeURIComponent(value)” %> Also, setting only_path => false for the URL ensures that the full URL (including host and protocol) is used for the AJAX request.

September 26, 2008
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Example of composed_of composition class implementation

If we have following code in model:

composed_of :temperature, :mapping => %w(celsius)

Then our composition class can be this:

class Temperature
  def initialize(celsius)
    @celsius = celsius
  end

  # This method is called by ActiveRecord, when record is saved.
  # Result of this method will be stored in table in "celsius" field,
  # and later when the record is loaded again, this will go to 
  # our Temperature#new constructor.
  def celsius
    @celsius
  end

  # This is example of method that we can add to make this composition useful.
  def farenheit 
    @celsius * 9/5 + 32
  end
end
September 25, 2008
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has_many :through

It’s is recommended to use has_many :through association instead of has_and_belongs_to_many. has_many :through is better supported and generally easier to work with once you grasp the idea.

September 25, 2008 - (v2.1.0)
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Compare old and new form for

Old form for

<% form_for :user, :url => users_path do %>
  <%= render :partial => 'form' %>
  <%= submit_tag 'Create' %>
<% end %>

New form for

<% form_for(@user) do |f| %>
  <%= render :partial => f %>
  <%= submit_tag 'Create' %>
<% end %>
September 25, 2008
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All methods

create_table :table do |t|

  t.column # adds an ordinary column. Ex: t.column(:name, :string)
  t.index # adds a new index.
  t.timestamps
  t.change # changes the column definition. Ex: t.change(:name, :string, :limit => 80)
  t.change_default # changes the column default value.
  t.rename # changes the name of the column.
  t.references
  t.belongs_to
  t.string
  t.text
  t.integer
  t.float
  t.decimal
  t.datetime
  t.timestamp
  t.time
  t.date
  t.binary
  t.boolean
  t.remove
  t.remove_references
  t.remove_belongs_to
  t.remove_index
  t.remove_timestamps
end
September 25, 2008
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All methods

change_table :table do |t|

  t.column # adds an ordinary column. Ex: t.column(:name, :string)
  t.index # adds a new index.
  t.timestamps
  t.change # changes the column definition. Ex: t.change(:name, :string, :limit => 80)
  t.change_default # changes the column default value.
  t.rename # changes the name of the column.
  t.references
  t.belongs_to
  t.string
  t.text
  t.integer
  t.float
  t.decimal
  t.datetime
  t.timestamp
  t.time
  t.date
  t.binary
  t.boolean
  t.remove
  t.remove_references
  t.remove_belongs_to
  t.remove_index
  t.remove_timestamps
end
September 25, 2008
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Support for the option through

class Magazine < ActiveRecord::Base

  has_many :subscriptions
end

class Subscription < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :magazine
  belongs_to :user
end

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :subscriptions
  has_one :magazine, :through => :subscriptions, :conditions => ['subscriptions.active = ?', true]
end
September 25, 2008
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Expressions in the sum method

Person.sum(“2 * age”)

Person.sum(:age, :conditions=>'1 = 2')
September 23, 2008 - (v1.2.0 - v2.1.0)
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Method description from Rails 2.0

If text is longer than length, text will be truncated to the length of length (defaults to 30) and the last characters will be replaced with the truncate_string (defaults to “…”).

Examples

truncate("Once upon a time in a world far far away", 14)
# => Once upon a...

truncate("Once upon a time in a world far far away")
# => Once upon a time in a world f...

truncate("And they found that many people were sleeping better.", 25, "(clipped)")
# => And they found that many (clipped)

truncate("And they found that many people were sleeping better.", 15, "... (continued)")
# => And they found... (continued)
September 23, 2008 - (v1.2.0 - v2.1.0)
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Description copied from Rails 2.0

Extracts an excerpt from text that matches the first instance of phrase. The radius expands the excerpt on each side of the first occurrence of phrase by the number of characters defined in radius (which defaults to 100). If the excerpt radius overflows the beginning or end of the text, then the excerpt_string will be prepended/appended accordingly. If the phrase isn‘t found, nil is returned.

Examples

excerpt('This is an example', 'an', 5)
# => "...s is an examp..."

excerpt('This is an example', 'is', 5)
# => "This is an..."

excerpt('This is an example', 'is')
# => "This is an example"

excerpt('This next thing is an example', 'ex', 2)
# => "...next t..."

excerpt('This is also an example', 'an', 8, '<chop> ')
# => "<chop> is also an example"
September 23, 2008
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Assert empty option in select tag

assert_tag :tag => “select”, :attributes => {:id => “to_airport_id”},

:child => {:tag => "option", :attributes => {:value => ""}, :content => "--select--"},
:children => {:count => 4}
September 22, 2008
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Different Options

The docs don’t give any detail to what options are available, so I dug around and I think the only to options are :prompt and :include_blank

September 21, 2008 - (>= v2.1.0)
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Test Example

UserMailerTest Example

class UserMailerTest < ActionMailer::TestCase
  tests UserMailer

  def test_welcome_mail
    user = users(:quentin)

    MyMailer.deliver_welcome_email
    assert !ActionMailer::Base.deliveries.empty?

    sent = ActionMailer::Base.deliveries.first
    assert_equal [@user.email], sent.to
    assert_equalexpected subject”, sent.subject
    assert sent.body =~ /^Welcome to my App/
    assert sent.body =~ /^Username: #{@user.login}$/
    assert sent.body =~ /^Password: [a-z0-9]{10}$/i
  end
end

This example is a modified version of the one in this blog post:

http://sablog.com/archives/2006/03/14/how-to-test-actionmailer-in-ruby-on-rails

September 21, 2008
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resourceful

auto_discovery_link_tag :atom, movies_url(:format=>‘atom’), :title=>‘New movies’

to produce the feed:

respond_to do |wants|
  wants.html
  wants.atom {render :action=>'index',:layout=>false}
end
September 21, 2008
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Better Description

This is really a bitshift left.

September 19, 2008 - (v2.1.0)
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:expires_in option

If you need :expires_in functionality in Rails 2.1, you can use this plugin:

http://github.com/nickpad/rails-caches-action-patch/tree/master

September 18, 2008
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unobstrusive label tag

just use

label_tag('a_a','a_a') 

and it works, just not ment for pure decorative labels :)

September 17, 2008
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Turn layout off with render

Thats awkward, but the code below does not turn layout off:

render :action => "short_goal", :layout => nil

you must use false

render :action => "short_goal", :layout => false
September 17, 2008
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removes underscores -> do not use for images etc

example

#does not work
label_tag('aa'+image_tag('x_x.gif'))