Improvement: SiteMapper - working ideas as a possible RoR's

Hello,

I’ve done potencial replacement for RoR’s routing mechanism.

It just works as an independent class so you can try bundled examples
withou installing anything else. I didn’t integrated it into Rails (as
a plugin?) because I don’t know if anyone would appreciate it etc.

SiteMapper features:

  1. uses regexp mask to get variables from url and the same regexp mask
    to
    create new url.

  2. Automatically finds the best route (=> create the best url) in
    dependence on passed variables.

  3. Define a site structure at once with the mapping, that’s because
    it’s called SiteMapper.

  4. Moreover you can determine languages from url.

  5. You can dump it instead of caching generated ruby code.

  6. The class is only 8,3KB with comments.

A real example:

mapper = SiteMapper.new

firstly define the map and site structure…

mapper.add( :gallery ) do |level1|
level1.add( :mammals ) do |level2|
level2.route( ‘gallery/mammals’,
:controller=>‘gallery’,
:type=>‘mammals’
)
level1.add( :insect ) do |level2|
level2.route( ‘gallery/insect’,
:controller=>‘gallery’,
:type=>‘insect’
)
level2.add( :description ) do |level3|
level3.route( [ ‘gallery/insect/(.*?).html’, :insect_name ],
:controller=>‘gallery’,
:action=>‘show’
)
end
end
end

then you can recognize an url to a ceratin route

route = mapper.recognize( ‘/gallery/insect/135.html’ )
puts route.parameters.join( ', ’ ) # output: insect_name
puts route.navigation.join( ’ -> ') # output: gallery -> insect ->
description

and create new url using automatic selection of the best route

puts mapper.url_for(
:controller=>‘gallery’,
:action=>‘show’,
:insect_name=>‘567’
) # output: /gallery/insect/567.html (= the last route used )

or let just the recognized route generate the new url

puts route.url_for( :insect_name=>‘567’ )


I think the url parameters can be inherrited from upper levels, too.

I’d like to receive your comments :slight_smile:

Jan Molic

Hi~

On Aug 9, 2006, at 2:14 PM, Jan Molič wrote:

SiteMapper features:
it’s called SiteMapper.

level1.add( :insect ) do |level2|
end


I think the url parameters can be inherrited from upper levels, too.

I’d like to receive your comments :slight_smile:

Jan Molic

If you can link us to the code then we could try it out and give

feedback. Is it released somewhere?

Cheers-
-Ezra

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