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Understanding Controllers in Ruby-on-Rails

In an MVC based web application, it is the controller that orchestrates and controls the flow of application logic. So to create an efficient, scalable and robust application, the clear understanding of the controller component provided by the framework is necessary. RoR is no exception.

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August 08, 2006
  1. · Understanding Controllers in Ruby-on-Rails
  2. · Routing the Requests, and Session Tracking
  3. · Filtering and Verification, and Caching
  4. · Rails in the Real World

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Understanding Controllers in Ruby-on-Rails - Rails in the Real World
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As mentioned in the previous part, it is still not time for heavy-duty examples. They will be coming once the ActiveView and ActiveRecord have been discussed which will be covered in the near future. For this part, I will extend the example showing the time in the view created in the last part. If you remember, I created a controller having the following code:

  classSayController < ApplicationController

and the view(hello.rhtml) having this code:

  <title>Hello, Rails!</title>
  <h1>Hello from Rails! The time now is <%=Time.now%></h1>

But this is a bad design since the code for displaying date(in bold) is within view. View shouldn’t be doing this. So let's move it to the controller because it is the right place for the code to be:

  classSayController < ApplicationController

Now the current time value is stored in an instance variable time. Now it can be called from the view thus:

  <title>Hello, Rails!</title>
  <h1>Hello from Rails! The time now is <%=@time%></h1>

That’s it. In the next part I will be looking at the ActionView, the View Component of RoR. From then on I will be discussing the working of a real application, Library Management. Till then…

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