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Logging Out, Events and Templates with Action Pack

In this thirteenth part of a multi-part series on the Action Pack library for Rails, you'll learn how to log out a user, clean up the events controller, and more. This article is excerpted from chapter six of the book Beginning Rails: From Novice to Professional, written by Jeffery Allan Hardy, Cloves Carneiro Jr. and Hampton Catlin (Apress; ISBN: 1590596862).

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June 27, 2011
  1. · Logging Out, Events and Templates with Action Pack
  2. · Improving the Events Controller and Templates

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Logging Out a User

The logout action is fairly straightforward. We clear out the :user_id session by setting its value to nil , and then we redirect back to the login action.

def logout

session[:user_id] = nil

redirect_to login_url end

This is a good way to clear out a specific session, but sometimes you want to clear the entire session without having to remember which keys to reset. Rails provides the method reset_session to do just that.

Weve done a lot of work on the users controller so far. Listing 6-14 shows what it should look like at this stage.

Listing 6-14. Actions Added in app/controllers/users_controller.rb

class UsersController < ApplicationController def show @user = User.find(params[:id]) end

def new @user = User.new end

def create @user = User.new(params[:user]) if @user.save

flash[:notice] = 'Thanks for signing up!' redirect_to :controller => 'events', :action => 'index' else render :action => 'new' end end

def edit @user = User.find(params[:id]) end

def update @user = User.find(params[:id]) if @user.update_attributes(params[:user])

flash[:notice] = 'Information updated' redirect_to :action => 'show', :id => @user.id else render :action => 'edit' end end

def login if request.post?

if user = User.authenticate(params[:login], params[:password]) session[:user_id] = user.id redirect_to :controller => 'events', :action => 'index'

else flash[:notice] = 'Invalid login/password combination' end end end

def logout

session[:user_id] = nil

redirect_to :action => 'login'

end end

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