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Mick (Guest)
on 2007-04-02 21:21
Hi guys,

I've got a little problem relating to Ajax and Rails, namely updating
multiple divs!

I have created a message inbox for a system I've developed, and when a
user clicks on a message, I want the number of read messages to decrease
by one (this is displayed in 2 divs in separate locations on the page),
and I don't think the :update => 'mydiv' in 'link_to_remote' can cope
with more than one div,

I have looked at the example in the pick-axe (Chapter 18, page 403-404)
but it doesn't seem to make much sense!

Any help is appreciated!

Cheers, Mick
Joram (Guest)
on 2007-04-02 21:41
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If you want to update more than one div, rjs is the best way to go.

For example

def some_method
 //some stuff
    render :update do |page|
      page.replace_html 'div1', :partial => 'partial1'
      page.replace_html 'div2, :partial => 'partial2'

Or you can put these calls in a rjs file (which has precedence over
a .rhtml file).


Jason R. (Guest)
on 2007-04-02 21:42
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If you have access to Agile with Rails v. 2, it has a good tutorial on
what's called RJS templates. Basically, you use Ruby to write out
that gets executed on the client (the {executeScripts: true} of

Some info is also available on the api page:

You can write RJS in your controller or as a partial


Note: if you do this, you must not use :update, or the resulting
will be printed to the page.

Bill W. (Guest)
on 2007-04-02 21:49
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Hi Mick,

Mick wrote:
> I've got a little problem relating to Ajax and Rails,
> namely updating multiple divs!

Joram is correct.  You want to use RJS.  And you are correct.  The
will not update more than one element.

I highly recommend Cody F.'s RJS Tutorial on O'Reilly.  It's a $10
that's well worth the money and will have you productive and feeling
comfortable in a couple of hours.

Best regards,
Mick (Guest)
on 2007-04-02 23:57
Thanks everyone, you've all been more than helpful,


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