How to implement dependent dropdowns in Rails 4 with an unobtrusive jQuery script

I recently had to implement a view with the classic search form with two select dependent on each other. My aim was to leave the page as clean as possible and make the code that loads the options for the daughter dropdown reusable.Suppose, therefore, to have two models, SpecializationType and Specialization, defined as follows:1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132class SpecializationType...

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The 15 best gems for ruby on rails web applications

The 15 best gems for ruby on rails web applications

In this post I will share the technology stack that we use in DevInterface in order to create Ruby on Rails web applications.From my point of view, the gems that I’ll show later in this article represent the best options to develop in an Agile and DRY way and to achieve complex solutions in the shortest time possible.These gems are the “core” of each our Gemfile because they allow to solve the most common problems that face in every application. In support of th...

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Tips: Multiple pagination with will_paginate

Will Paginate is a great and widely used gem for pagination in Ruby on Rails.Sometimes you need to paginate multiple list on the same page.This tip show you how to put a list of paginated products and a list of of paginated services on the same page with will_paginate. The key point is to use a custom param param_name in the view and also in the controllerThe view code is something like this:123# ... # products list here <%= will_paginate @products, :para...

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Ruby on Rails and jQuery: multiselect with checkbox

Ruby on Rails and jQuery: multiselect with checkbox

Today I want to present a very convenient jQuery plugin I’ve used to create a combo box with checkboxes for a multi-selection field.Suppose we have a form of insertion / modification of user data, and that the user can have multiple functions. We start with rendering the form with a multi-selection field, where you can select more functions with the combination “<ctrl> + click “.123456789101112<%= simple_fo...

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Different layout for the same controller

In some projects can happen that you have to use different graphic templates for different methods of the same controller. At first sight one would implement a solution that provides an explicit call to the desired layout within each action.Something like this:123456789101112131415161718192021class PostController < ApplicationController def index [...] :layout => 'standard' end def show [...] :layout => 'standard' ...

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Rails Best Practices 6: Filters and helpers file

With the today’s post I shall conclude my series on Ruby On Rails Best Practices . This is not because the required topics are completed, but rather because after the release of Rails 3.0, some constructs have been changed and should be reviewed. Probably in future we will return to talk about best practices, but starting from the new features introduced in the current Rails version. But now ...

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Rails Best Practices 5: Optimize Migration

Migrations, in my opinion, are one of the best things in Rails since these allow the creation and populating the database using ruby code without having to worry about which type of db run below. That said, even writing the migration is better to follow some best practices. 1. DB Index The first practice I strongly recommend is to define indices for the external keys and for all those columns on which you will ...

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