> I find myself doing the following quite a lot: > > <% if user %><%= user.name %><% else %>Anonymous<% end %> > > Is there any simpler way to handle the else? This is a simple example > so it's not really an issue.. but for more complicated tests this gets > quite tedious. For me, I moved the whole thing into a helper. Because usernames are a potential relationship that I may want to give more information on, I created a helper that did this, parameterized by the user object. In the simple case, it does what you show. In other cases it will return a link to the user's information. If the user is the favorite of the current user, it may throw in a span tag so that I can colour the link differently, or include a small inline image. In my view, I'll have something like: <%= render_username post.author %> Keeps the view clean, and still provides the flexibility I want, plus it keeps things nice and DRY. Brad -- Bradley M.
on 2006-04-09 10:59