fail_lord fail_lord - 11 months ago 46
Ruby Question

Routes in rails 4 with clean parameters in the url

How does routing work in rails 4? What I'm trying to achieve is urls like this:

..../categories/<name of category>

when currently i get:


html is:

<%= form_tag(categories_path, :method => "get") do %>
<%= select_tag 'category', options_for_select(@categories, params[:category]), {onchange: "this.form.submit();", prompt: "Select Category"} %>
<% end %>

and routes like this:

get '/' => '<controller>#h'
get 'categories' => '<controller>#categories'

I know i can use the gem friendly_id to style the url from category/:id to category/:category. But I'm stuck at the initial step of understanding the routes. I've tried a lot of things but its very confusing. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



See the Routing Guide, specifically the section on Resources.

If you had in your routes.rb:

resources :categories

You could use a form helper such as:

<%= form_tag(categories_path, :method => "get") do %>
   <%= select_tag 'category', options_for_select( {|c| [, category_path(c)]}, params[:category]), {onchange: "window.location.href = this.value;", prompt: "Select Category"} %>
<% end %>

If in your Category model you added a to_param definition:

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
  def to_param

Then all of your URLs would be as you desire, .../categories/books. The url_for helpers would generate the appropriate URLs for you:

assert category_path(@book_category) == "/categories/book"

See ActiveRecords::Integrations#to_param documentation for more.