I’m new at Rails, but I think I understand the concept. Now I’m
trying to map that to what I’ve done in the past with JSP/Java/Tomcat,
and I have a specific problem I need to solve.
A client likes to have his registered users have their own portal
pages, like “thesite.com/someuser”. In JSP I just added logic to the
404 handling such that if the path name “someuser” was a registered
user in the database, then it would generate a page appropriate for
them. Then, since this was a referral-based system (in terms of
membership-benefits), if the visitor signed up on someuser’s page,
someuser would get credit for it.
How, in Rails, might such a thing be done? Would it be a hack like
what I did on Tomcat in JSP, with 404 handling? Or is there some
other facility for faking pages that don’t exist?
An example or other explanation of similar systems would be wonderful.