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Hi,

    I have two doubts about the right way / place to write some code.

    Question 1:
    I have a product and in the view I need to show a listbox with all the categories of this product.
        - Option1: in the controller make "@product_categories = ProductCategori.all" and later in the view make "<%= f.collection_select(:product_category_id, @product_categories, :id, :name) %>"
        - Option2: in the view just write "<%= f.collection_select(:product_category_id, ProductCategori.all, :id, :name) %>"

    Question 2:   
    I need to list products with some complex logic
        - Option1: in the controller make "@products = Products.list(param1, param2)" and in the model "def self.list(param1, param2)" with all the options joins, where, ...
        - Option2: Put all the logic in the controller and avoid calling the model

    Greetings
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Miquel C. Escarré
http://railsdynamics.blogspot.com
+34 699 73 22 46
[email protected]



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On 2 February 2012 08:50, Miquel C. [email protected] wrote:

%>"

  • Option2: in the view just write “<%=
    f.collection_select(:product_category_id, ProductCategori.all, :id, :name)
    %>”

I would use option 1. The principle reason is that then if under some
circumstances you don’t want to show them all then the logic can go in
the controller, leaving the view alone.

Question 2:
I need to list products with some complex logic

  • Option1: in the controller make “@products = Products.list(param1,
    param2)” and in the model “def self.list(param1, param2)” with all the
    options joins, where, …
  • Option2: Put all the logic in the controller and avoid calling the
    model

Never put logic in the controller if it can reasonably go in the
model. Then if the logic changes (maybe you change a detail of how
the data is stored in the database) this affects only the model and
not the controller also.
Rather than a simple method a scope may be more appropriate if the
purpose is to select a set of records from the db. That is what
scopes are for.

Colin

Thanks for the answer

El 02/02/2012 10:09, Colin L. escribi:

f.collection_select(:product_category_id, @product_categories, :id, :name)
%>"
- Option2: in the view just write “<%=
f.collection_select(:product_category_id, ProductCategori.all, :id, :name)
%>”
I would use option 1. The principle reason is that then if under some
circumstances you don’t want to show them all then the logic can go in
the controller, leaving the view alone.
I agree with this point of view, but in the other side, I find
myself repeating “@product_categories = ProductCategori.all” in several
controllers, like “new” and “edit”, and later I found that with default
scaffold, after submitting, if there is an error, this assignation
doesn’t work well, and I don’t understand exactly why (in rails 3.1.3).
the data is stored in the database) this affects only the model and
not the controller also.
Rather than a simple method a scope may be more appropriate if the
purpose is to select a set of records from the db. That is what
scopes are for.
Completely agree!

Colin

Thanks for clearing it up.


Miquel C. Escarr
http://railsdynamics.blogspot.com
+34 699 73 22 46
[email protected]

On 2 February 2012 15:14, Miquel C. [email protected] wrote:

Question 1:
:name)
%>"

I would use option 1. The principle reason is that then if under some
circumstances you don’t want to show them all then the logic can go in
the controller, leaving the view alone.

I agree with this point of view, but in the other side, I find myself
repeating “@product_categories = ProductCategori.all” in several
controllers, like “new” and “edit”,

Put it in a before_filter specifying the actions that need it.

and later I found that with default
scaffold, after submitting, if there is an error, this assignation doesn’t
work well, and I don’t understand exactly why (in rails 3.1.3).

I think you had better ask about that in a different thread if you
can’t sort it out. Have you read the Rails Guide on Debugging which
shows techniques for debugging your code.

Colin

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