Is having controller within controller bad practice?

id like to have my site organized like this…

nj.com/southern/restaurants/italian/3

to have a url like that, it seems i would need a controller called
southern with an internal controller restaurants where 3 is the id of
the item.

thoughts? suggestions? thanks.

That’s a perfectly valid URL, but it won’t mean
‘controller-in-controller’.
Rails routes are incredibly powerful, try something like this (near the
bottom to allow for other custom routes to take precendence).

map.connect ‘:region/:controller/:action/:id’

Then your :controller/:action will get:

params = {
:region => ‘southern’,
:id => 3
}

Jason

On 2/6/07, koloa [email protected] wrote:

the item.

thoughts? suggestions? thanks.

I’ve been trying to make my URLs even more search engine friendly
lately. I’ve gotten away from using integer values in the URL for
anything except the admin/non-public side of my applications. I’ve
been using a :base_name column combined that with some routing.

In the model I do:

before_save :base_name_from_title

def base_name_from_title
self.base_name = title.downcase.gsub( /\ and\ /, ‘-’ ).
gsub( /\ on\ /, ‘-’ ).
gsub( /[^a-zA-Z0-9-]/, ‘-’ ).
gsub( /[-]+/, ‘-’ ).
gsub( /[-]$/, ‘’ ).
gsub( /^[-]/, ‘’ )
end

“title” is whatever important wordy field I can pick out of a given
model. It’s tough to pick sometimes especially if the field isn’t
unique. I don’t have too many collisions on my personal blog though.

Then I add a route:

map.connect “category/:base_name”,
:controller => ‘category’,
:action => ‘index’,
:requirements => { :base_name => /[\w-]+/ },
:base_name => nil

Then in the controller I look it up by base_name instead of by id:

Category.find( :first, :conditions => [ ‘base_name = ?’,
params[:base_name] ] )

Don’t forget to index that text field! :slight_smile:

Then my URLs look like:

http://destiney.com/category/programming-languages-ruby


Greg D.
http://destiney.com/

hi Jason and Greg, Thanks for the post…question though…

lets say my category field in a model can be ‘bbq’, ‘chinese’,
‘italian’…and id like to have the url

localhost.com/nj/bbq

or

localhost.com/nj/southern/bbq

where nj is a controller, southern is a :region field and bbq is a
:mcategory field,both are in my restaurant table…

do i define like this?

map.connect ‘:controller/:region/:mcategory’, :action => ‘view’

where view does the logic to determine what to pass in my find statement
like

def view
NJ.find(:all, :conditions => "mcategory = ? and region =
?"params[:mcategory, params [:region]])
end

the name ‘view’, will that be part of the url? i would prefer to have it
like localhost.com/nj/southern/bbq

thanks.

Greg, id really like the way you did your titles.

Jason R. wrote:

That’s a perfectly valid URL, but it won’t mean
‘controller-in-controller’.
Rails routes are incredibly powerful, try something like this (near the
bottom to allow for other custom routes to take precendence).

map.connect ‘:region/:controller/:action/:id’

Then your :controller/:action will get:

params = {
:region => ‘southern’,
:id => 3
}

Jason

whoa…i just tried it and it works and I can have the url that i like!

wow that feature is really awesome… i was about to brute force like so
many controllers within each other.

now i have to rethink my naming conventions of functions. my brain
hurts… thanks all for helping a noob.

another quick question…

i used to have a long case stament like this…

switch on 'food ’ category
case ‘bbq’

if state == nj
do find all in nj for bbq
if state == pa
do find etc…
case ‘chinese’

if…

case …
end

switch on ‘something else’ category

now because of the routes.rb power, i no longer need my case statement
since i can have…

map.connect ‘:state, :main_category, :sub_category’

so when presses a link on my site, it can go to a action that just has
this?

def getView
@myObj = params;[:main_category].capitalize.find(:all, :conditions
[‘state = ? and subcategory = ?’, params[:state],
params[:sub_category]])

end

Thansk!

Hey Jason, Thanks for explaining this to me! i think i am now going to
rewrite my app again for the third time cutting the code i have maybe by
30%!

Jason R. wrote:

Yep, it would work pretty much like that. Anything on the URL gets split
up
according to route definitions and placed into params.

Jason

Yep, it would work pretty much like that. Anything on the URL gets split
up
according to route definitions and placed into params.

Jason

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