Redirecting Users’ URLs
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I got an email in response to an old post on how I designed NearbyGamer‘s discussion URLs. It asked how to create readable URLs for a community site where users might edit those URLs. What happens after users have made lots and lots of edits?

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Rails URL Params as Types
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Yesterday I (belatedly) took my friend Nola Stowe‘s advice and picked up a book she tech-reviewed, The Rails Way by Obie Fernandez. It’s been a great read so far (about 85 pages in), and I just realized that routing is largely about type conversion.

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Discussion URLs: Opaque, Usable, and Readable
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I just wrote about Human-Readable ActiveResource URLs, and now I want to examine one example of them more in-depth. Discussion forum URLs have several conflicting goals:

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Human-Readable ActiveResource URLs
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I’ve got URLs on the brain this week. I started NearbyGamers using Rails 1.1 with just gamers and tags. I upgraded to Rails 1.2 (and liked it) , and added discussions after I updated to Rails 1.2. I was able to use ActiveResource for Discussions with Posts as a nested resource. I’m really happy with this code, as it’s very tidy.

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Rails: Semicolons Out, Slashes In
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As of r6485, Edge Rails resource routes use / as the URL separator for actions instead of ;. This will be in Rails 2.0 (and I like / more), so I wanted to get prepared for the change by updating my URLs now. I didn’t want to move to Edge Rails (too exciting for me), so I grabbed the change, dropped it into a source file, and loaded it into my app (thank you, open classes).

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