Is there an Application state in Rails like ASP

In classic ASP I can use the Application object to persist application
wide values. Is there something similar built into Rails? I’m already
aware of things like memcache.

Unless I’m mistaken, anything you create in environment.rb persists
until server restart because environment.rb is a load-once file.
There are several plugins for storing settings (n/v pairs), but if
you want to persist page state like WinForms on Asp.Net, this isn’t
the method for you.

If you’re casting about for a way to store options and don’t want to
go the plugin route, stick this in RAILS_ROOT/lib and they you can
write code like:

Options[:email_recipients] = [‘[email protected]’, ‘[email protected]’]

options.rb

Provide a container for global option storage

Both getter/setter and [] access methods are

provided.

class Options
@@option_hash = {}

def self.set(option_name, value)
option_name = option_name.to_s
@@option_hash[option_name] = value
end

def self.get(option_name)
option_name = option_name.to_s
@@option_hash[option_name]
end

def self.[]=(option_name, value)
option_name = option_name.to_s
self.set(option_name, value)
end

def self.
option_name = option_name.to_s
self.get(option_name)
end

def self.has_key?(key)
key = key.to_s
@@option_hash.has_key?(key)
end

def self.key?(key)
self.has_key?(key)
end
end

Hi~

On Oct 26, 2006, at 4:42 PM, s.ross wrote:

def self.[]=(option_name, value)
key = key.to_s
@@option_hash.has_key?(key)
end

def self.key?(key)
self.has_key?(key)
end
end

Keep in mind this will not work when you run more then one rails

backend. As each mongrel or fcgi will have a separate copy of this
class and you are not always garaunteed that your users will always
hit the same backend. So you will have to use the session, memcached
or a DRb server for global state because it needs to be an external
process that all rails backends can talk to to keep the data
consistent. Or you also use the database to store state too.

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Good point. This was lifted from some of my code that uses it on app
startup to store app-wide setup info. Of course when each backend is
fired up it is stuffed with the same information so 'sall good.
Application state can better be preserved using memcached or dRb or
even AR-sessions. Just don’t save too much state :slight_smile:

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