Hi, this is probably a very easy problem to solve but ive googled and searched this site no end and cant find a suitable solution - to be fair im not really sure of the appropriate search terms. Im praticing ruby by making a simple todo list. I have two tables projects and tasks. In my main "index" view Ill have two distinct areas. The left side will list all projects titles vertically with one in 'focus'. In the right area i want to list all tasks associated with that in "focus" project. If a user clicks on a different project on the left the tasks are updated. How do I go about creating these project links wihtout creating individual actions for each project title. Im wondering if i should be using link_to for this in my view, should i link it back to my index view perhaps passing my params[:project_id] via the link_to ?? \id also need to have soem code in my controller def index @all_projects = Project.find(:all) #coming from somewhere else than the index view so choose a project to be in focus initially if Coming_from_somewhere_else @in_focus_project = all_projects.first @in_focus_asscociated_tasks = get_project_tasks(@in_focus_project.id) #user clicked on a project link from within the view itself else @in_focus_project = Project.find(params[:id]) @in_focus_asscociated_tasks = get_project_tasks(@in_focus_project.id) end end and then have the same index view loop through @in_focus_asscociated_tasks to list the tasks. is this the right way of going round this?
on 2009-01-19 13:48
on 2009-01-19 13:48
rather > Im praticing RAILS ;-)
on 2009-01-19 15:22
Starting off, I'd go with the simplest thing that could possibly work... In the controller, get all your projects to populate the left pane. If you received a focus_project_id in the params to the index method in the contorller, retrieve the tasks for that project, otherwise retrieve the tasks for the first project. In the index view, iterate the left pane across the projects with something like @all_projects.each do |project| output your project stuff end then iterate the right pane contents with an @in_focus_associated_tasks.each do |task| output your task stuff end So you've got the basic notion well in hand it seems. Once you're more comfortable with Rails, you could look into using an Ajax request to update just the tasks when a different project is selected, but defer that stuff 'till later. Given that you'll probably be displaying the tasks for a project somewhere else in your app, it's an ideal place to insert a partial for the task listing, but get the basics up and running, then extend. Kind of like building a house, it's much easier if you have the foundation built before adding the first, or second floor...