I've set up a route like this map.connect 'confirm/:id/:full_name/', :controller => "users", :action => "confirm" and I'm wondering what is the best way to verify in the confirm method. full_name created in the model and it's not in the database. This doesn't work because it doesn't parse one, then the other... if @user = User.find(params[:id]) && @user.full_name == params[:full_name] # cool else # bad end I want to do it the nice way, it doesn't seem right to nest a whole heap of if statements. If you can help me out it'd be awesome, cheers!
on 2009-01-15 07:29
on 2009-01-15 09:56
Darren, a good design pattern that is useful for lots of models if you're aiming for RESTfulness is to add a before_filter to your controller. So, if I understood your question correctly: class UsersController < ApplicationController before_filter :retrieve_user # Executed before every request if processed def retrieve_user @user = User.find(params[:id]) end def confirm if @user.full_name == params[:full_name] head :ok else head :bad_request end end end Cheers, --Kip
on 2009-01-15 10:02
Should have explained a little further, just in case. > > This doesn't work because it doesn't parse one, then the other... > > > if @user = User.find(params[:id]) && @user.full_name == > > params[:full_name] Ruby will check the predicated of an 'if' statement in the order you type them and will therefore work as you expect. Except..... A Model.find(id) will raise an exception if the id isn't found. This will, by default, cause Rails to send your 404 page (not found) which is pretty cool really. Because you don't have to get fussed about worry about the case where the id is not found in your app logic. Thats why the before_filter I suggested works too. Your controller action code will only every get executed if the User.find(id) is successful and you just use the info retriieved. Lastly, the pattern of /:controller/:id/:action is very common (and how RESTful resources work. Which means your before filter is going to be just as useful for your CRUD actions as well. Cheers, --Kip
on 2009-01-15 10:11
Awesome, thanks buddy. I'm still learning 'the rails way'. Good solution.