Hello all, I am trying to make "Back" link functionality work in my app. Basically the referring page has a list of items and on clicking I display the details on the items. But when the user clicks "Back", the user should go back to the list display. I would also like to preserve the pagination in the referring page display meaning go back to the same page because the user would hate to start all over again and again after going through a couple of pages of items.. Is there a way to do it? I found the following two solutions in the previous forum postings. First one didn't work for me. Second one worked but couldn't preserve the page number of the referrer. So the user goes back to the first page of list display. I am posting both the suggested solutions for your reference. I would greatly appreciate your insights and comments. Solution #1 -------------- def back redirect_to :back end then i'd add the following helper to your application_helper def link_back(text='back') link_to text, :controller => 'welcome', :action => 'back' end and then you can use it in your views as: <%= link_back 'go back where you came from' %> Solution #2 ========== session[:cache] ||=  session[:cache] << params def back if session[:cache] && last_params = session[:cache].pop redirect_to last_params end end
on 2007-02-07 02:16
on 2007-02-07 02:31
On 2/7/07, newtorails. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > redirect_to :back > and then you can use it in your views as: > > def back > if session[:cache] && last_params = session[:cache].pop > redirect_to last_params > end > end Various authentication plugins use the session as a place to store the previous request for this purpose. Techno-weenie's restful_authentication has this functionality built in so that if someone requests a page before they're logged in they can be re-directed there. from http://svn.techno-weenie.net/projects/plugins/rest... # Store the URI of the current request in the session. # # We can return to this location by calling #redirect_back_or_default. def store_location session[:return_to] = request.request_uri end # Redirect to the URI stored by the most recent store_location call or # to the passed default. def redirect_back_or_default(default) session[:return_to] ? redirect_to_url(session[:return_to]) : redirect_to(default) session[:return_to] = nil end You may need to play with this a bit to get it to do what you want. An after filter that sets the current location in your application controller should set the last link for you. An after filter is required so that the current uri is stored after your finished serving the current page, making it the previous uri by the time it's stored. eg in you ApplicationController.rb after_filter store_location Then you can have a helper method that returns the uri for you def last_uri session[:return_to] || url_for( :controller => "my_controller", :action => "index" ) end This will look in the session and grab whatever uri is in there, or provide you with some default value. This should give you the functionality that your after if I've understood you correctly. In your view <%= link_to "Go Back", :url => last_uri %> I hope that's not too far off track. Cheers Daniel
on 2007-02-07 02:46
Daniel, thanks for your answer. But correct me if I am wrong- if the previous page is paginated list display and the user is on the 3rd page. Last_uri would still take the user to the first page of the list display. Isnt' it? I want the user to go back to the same page # in the pagination scheme as well..
on 2007-02-07 02:59
On 2/7/07, newtorails. <email@example.com> wrote: > > > Daniel, thanks for your answer. But correct me if I am wrong- if the > previous page is paginated list display and the user is on the 3rd > page. Last_uri would still take the user to the first page of the list > display. Isnt' it? I want the user to go back to the same page # in > the pagination scheme as well.. It's really difficult for me to give you a concrete answer at the moment, since I don't have ruby or rails with me at the moment, but request.request_uri, the method used in the store_location method should include the full uri that requested the page. So whatever pagination parameters and included in the page generation should be included, provided the parameters are included in the request_uri. The way it would seem to work would be ( I can't test this at the moment sorri) request 1st page www.example.com/stuff session[:return_to] #=> nil render request #=> Last link will be default set session[:return_to] = www.example.com/stuff 2nd request www.example.com/stuff?page=2 session[:return_to] #=> www.example.com/stuff render request #=> Last link will be www.example.com/stuff set session[:return_to] = www.example.com/stuff?page=2 3rd request www.example.com/stuff?page=3 session[:return_to] #=> www.example.com/stuff?page=2 render request Last link will be www.example.com/stuff?page=2 set session[:return_to] = www.example.com/stuff?page=3 This should take you to whatever the previous page is, whether it's 1,2 or 3. Is this not the way that it is working?
on 2007-02-07 03:01
In your list action save off your current URL params as follows: session[:last_list_url] = url_for(params) Assuming that you're using a non-AJAX pagination scheme, otherwise you'll have to come up with a mechanism to save that state on each AJAX call so that when you return to your list you get the same page you were on. If it helps I blogged about a sortable table implementation I abstracted out of my current project. You can find it here: http://javathehutt.blogspot.com/2006/11/rails-real... If you're displaying a has_many collection (e.g. @user.posts) and are on rails 1.1.6 ping me and I'll give you a patch for AR that will fix a bug in the has_many association class's count method that gets used by the plugin I created. Best, Michael http://javathehutt.blogspot.com