Advanced routing question


#1

Hello All,

I’m making a quick application that tracks outgoing links to referral
sites. I need to track the user and the url they went to so the
easiest way would be to take the entire url as a parameter and log
that into the database. I was wondering if I could do something like
this with routing:

http://www.example.com/user/jump/http://www.myvendor.com/referral.php?
id=23ijo23jnjknbdc&uid=32lknklfelkj32

user => controller
jump => action
http://www.myvendor.com/referral.php?
id=23ijo23jnjknbdc&uid=32lknklfelkj32 => string/parameter

I don’t know it’s possible to do this because the url itself contains
‘/’. Any ideas?


#2

Jim J. wrote:

Hello All,

I’m making a quick application that tracks outgoing links to referral
sites. I need to track the user and the url they went to so the
easiest way would be to take the entire url as a parameter and log
that into the database. I was wondering if I could do something like
this with routing:

http://www.example.com/user/jump/http://www.myvendor.com/referral.php?
id=23ijo23jnjknbdc&uid=32lknklfelkj32

user => controller
jump => action
http://www.myvendor.com/referral.php?
id=23ijo23jnjknbdc&uid=32lknklfelkj32 => string/parameter

I don’t know it’s possible to do this because the url itself contains
‘/’. Any ideas?

You should be able to use the ‘generic URL’ form of routing:

map.connect ‘user/jump/*path’, # …

This way, params[:path] will have the path information.

You will almost certainly want to URI.encode(url_string)
when generating the links and it might not be a bad idea
to Base64-encode it as well, just to avoid any problems:

require ‘base64’

url = Base64.decode64(Base64.encode64(url))

E


#3

Thanks a lot Eero!


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#4

Hey guys,

I want to create a program that automatically edits alll links on a
template to pass through a redirect action so that I can track a
users click through in a centralized affiliate program. The problem
I’m running into is that I basically am appending the entire url to
the end of the redirect url so I want rails routing to ignore the
path and leave it intact. So I tried out the following routing scenario:
map.connect ‘jump/:id/*path’, :controller => ‘jump’, :action =>
‘send_to’

To handle redirects such as:
http://localhost:3000/jump/JIM/http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/
click?id=a7YZwGZeWSw&offerid=95247.10000349&type=4&subid=0&u1=JIM

But what ends up happening is I get path returned as an array that
was separated by ‘/’ and each of the items in the query string are
broken into individual params. Any one have any idea how to avoid
this? Or is there a better way?

  • Jim