How to add format to RESTful route link_to helper


#1

Question: How do I tack a format (.xls) onto a REST url helper method
in link_to?

I have a route created from map.resources in my routes.rb file called
“comments”.

map.resources :posts do |post|
post.resources :comments
end

How do I use the auto-generated REST url helper methods in my link_to
to specify that I want all the comments for a particular post in XLS
format?

In my view:

This shows all comments in (default) HTML - I want it to append .xls

to the URL
<%= link_to “Export to Excel”, comments_url(@post) %>

How would I tell it to append .xls onto the generated link so that I
can catch this in my controller and respond with an Excel file?

Thanks,
Wes


#2

Hey

link_to “Export to Excel”, formatted_comments_url(@post, :xls)

Trevor


#3

And for your future REST-related questions, the “RESTful Rails” cheat
sheet is extremely handy:

http://peepcode.com/products/restful-rails

(look for the “Download Free REST Cheat Sheet” link)

Sincerely,

Tom L.
http://AllTom.com/
http://GadgetLife.org/


#4

One last question - is there a way to DRY this up a bit? The :template
parameter of the :xls format especially.

I’m using an XML builder to build an XML-based Excel file -
http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/HowToExportToExcel.

def index
@comments = Comment.find_all_by_post_id(@post)
respond_to do |format|
format.html
format.xml { render :xml => @commets.to_xml }
format.xls { render_without_layout :xml => @comments, :template
=> “comments/index.rxml” }
end
end

Thanks again guys!
Wes


#5

Thanks Trevor and Tom!