Forum: Ruby on Rails Modularisation: Using helper generating HTML output vs. using partials

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ms (Guest)
on 2008-10-16 18:37
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I've got a general question: when do I use helper and when I do use
partials to modularise certain gui elements?

For example: I've got a faq list. Each item can be folded and unfolded
using ajax.

FAQ foo
-> question 1
-> question 2
-> question 3

So, I wrote a helper "faq_li_tag(args)" which takes the question and
answer for parameters and generates the HTML output.

But I also could have made a partial which creates the corresponding

What's the best solution? What are the criterias for this decision in

Thank you very much!

Best regards,
Jeff C. (Guest)
on 2008-10-16 19:18
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On Oct 16, 9:22 am, ms <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:
> -> question 2
> Thank you very much!
> Best regards,
> ms

I use partials to factor out view templates to make them more
readable, and so that I can reuse portions of a view in other

I use helpers whenever view logic is starting to get intertwined with
the view code.  So presentation-only code is in the views/partials,
and any logic (is this user an admin? should they see a sidebar now?
etc.) goes into helpers.

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