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blunte (Guest)
on 2007-05-07 08:43
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I'm new at Rails, but I think I understand the concept.  Now I'm
trying to map that to what I've done in the past with JSP/Java/Tomcat,
and I have a specific problem I need to solve.

A client likes to have his registered users have their own portal
pages, like "".  In JSP I just added logic to the
404 handling such that if the path name "someuser" was a registered
user in the database, then it would generate a page appropriate for
them.  Then, since this was a referral-based system (in terms of
membership-benefits), if the visitor signed up on someuser's page,
someuser would get credit for it.

How, in Rails, might such a thing be done?  Would it be a hack like
what I did on Tomcat in JSP, with 404 handling?  Or is there some
other facility for _faking_ pages that don't exist?

An example or other explanation of similar systems would be wonderful.

Ben M. (Guest)
on 2007-05-07 09:09
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blunte wrote:
  > A client likes to have his registered users have their own portal
I think you'd basically do it the same way. Map an action as the
last-resort action and in there try to look up a user for the path. If
you don't find a user /then/ you do the 404.

Read up on routes.rb... in fact, the comments in the generated routes.rb
might be enough.

Daniel -. (Guest)
on 2007-05-07 09:15
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On 5/7/07, Ben M. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:
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> might be enough.
> b

Yes have a look at doing this with routes.

I hesitate to provide an actual route, but if you look at the general

map.connect '/:controller/:action/:id'

This shows how you can construct a paraeterized url.

map.connect '/users/:username', :controller => 'users', :action =>

would provide the action in users -> blah with the param[:username]

There is great docs on the rubysite for making really complex routes.

Zach I. // LT3media (Guest)
on 2007-05-07 09:22
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In routes:
map.connect ":id", :controller => "users", :action => "show"

put this last. So all your other controllers take precedent

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blunte (Guest)
on 2007-05-08 01:30
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Thanks for the good responses!

I'll look into "routes".
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