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Why separate routes and controllers in MVC backend applications?

I've dabbled in a few MVC frameworks (like Rails and its ilk) and I've noticed that the file that defines restful routes often go separate from controllers which hold the actions executed through ...
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Anyone use devise-iOS [on hold]

I have started making an application. Basically going in just experimenting. I started out making a rails application where I used devise to sign up/in. I used Mongoid to store my database ...
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Database integration of Rails and Laravel apps

I have some very small apps on a VPS running ruby on rails and a co-worker also have some of his own apps running on laravel at another VPS. So far we dont needed to share any data among the apps, but ...
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What's the best practice for adding a lot of attributes to a Rails model?

So, I'm building an API wrapper gem that works with Spree's Product model. The API provides extensive customization of the data you send to it. I would like a user of the gem to be able to take ...
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Do Rails Join Models Get Controllers?

I have a rails app where my users can buddy up with other users. Since that relationship can have a status (approved/rejected/pending), I decided to go with a join model (UserRelationship) so now I ...
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Ruby on rails not popular in big international IT companies? [closed]

Is the ROR used only in startups or also in bigger companies as well? What should be the reasons of their preference of Java over ROR?
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How does a competition like Rails Rumble Work?

I am not sure weather it is a proper question to ask out here but it is really bothering for a while. As the official website writes: The Rails Rumble is a distributed programming competition ...
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Adding permission levels in Rails

So I'm making a bug tracker to help me learn Ruby on Rails. My current setup is something like this: Each Project has_many :metadata and has_many :permissions, through: :metadata. Also some other ...
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Using self.method vs the scope :method DSL

According to the Thoughbot Rails Style Guide, we should Use def self.method, not the scope :method DSL. My question is: is this simply for the sake of choosing one of these styles and sticking ...
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Tables vs. Booleans: Which of the two are more secure for setting admin roles in an app? [closed]

I'm currently in the process of setting up roles where there are regular users, admins, and super admins, each of which have special permissions. I deferred to this post on how to do so. It ...
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Serialized values or separate table, which is more efficient?

I have a Rails model email_condition_string with a word column in it. Now I have another model called request_creation_email_config with the following columns admin_filter_group:references ...
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Should I use TDD and BDD if my project is changing fast?

I have my own little project I am creating using RoR, I plan it to have small-medium load. With no doubt I started with BDD and TDD (Cucumber and RSpec to be exact, but I am also experienced with ...
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How to keep up with the Rails world? [closed]

How should I keep up to date with the ever-changing Rails community? I have been trying to learn Rails off and on for a year now and the brick wall I keep running into is the fact that I'm trying to ...
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Why do people suggest not to use instance variable for views in Ruby on Rails

Why do I hear that it is not good to share instance variables between controllers and views. I kind of like it because I can see immediately via the @ that something is coming from the controller. I ...
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How to scrub Twitter and Facebook posts for many users

I'm making an Rails app that in theory should scrub new posts from the users facebook and twitter accounts and put them in a timeline for an analyst to analyze and determine if they are good or bad ...
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Switching CSS to use asset pipeline in Rails?

I have a lot of legacy CSS files from what was a Rails 2.x app that got upgraded to Rails 3.2.8, and I want to switch over to using the Rails asset pipeline for stylesheets. The issue is, the CSS ...
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Ruby on Rails database using static lookup tables or constant strings

In some ruby on rails projects, I have seen instances where strings are used instead of a foreign key reference to a lookup table. I usually code in C#/SQL Server and use lookup tables, but am not ...
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Where does Rails get its datetime for creating records?

I have a rails app with a data model called 'jobs' and I'm faced with a critical design choice crossroads. I don't know enough about Rails and its inner workings to be able to say for sure what I ...
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Best way to design a database interface [duplicate]

This is my situation I have a website, mobile client and desktop client. They can all pretty much do the same operations (website might be able to do more now but in the future they might have the ...
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Can a model have itself as a foreign key?

I am doing a coding project in rails. I have a user model, and I want to add a "spouse_id" to it (which would reference other users). Can a model reference itself in a foreign key?
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Are RSpec and Cucumber really worth it?

I know most RoR programmers are testing addicts and I understand the advantages of a large testing suite but when I start testing, I never get such a large suite and I always wonder "Am I testing the ...
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Rails validation: Which method is preferred

In Ruby on Rails there are two ways to validate, for instance, the presence of input fields. Say I want to make sure the user has filled out my fields called value and name. I could put in my model ...
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Rendering head :ok vs head :no_content. Any good practices?

Whenever I take in data and do something like delete a post, etc. I generally return head :no_content. For example: def destroy @post = Post.find_by(external_id: params[:post_id]) @post.destroy! ...
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Reasons for a Java Developer to learn RoR [closed]

Just wondering if there are any reasons why a Java developer should learn Ruby on Rails knowing that there are technologies such as Grails or (especially) Spring Roo that can be more familiar?
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Real-time chat in Ruby on Rails without owning a server [closed]

I'd want to implement a Real-time chat for my Rails app but I can't really host the server which handles the sockets. I've tried Faye but it needs a server. I've also heard of pusher but it's limited ...
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MVC - Checking data in the model or the controller?

I'm currently creating a web application with Ruby on Rails and I'm facing an conceptual problem about the MVC pattern. If I need to check, for example, if the name of a data that I want to add in ...
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How to convince teammates to use TDD [closed]

I am the only person on my team that use TDD. How do I make them to use it? I am annoyed that when I pull, someone's code will break my tests and I am the one who has to fix them. Will using github, ...
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Rails 2.x and conventions vs. “enterprise” architecture

Note: this is from the spring of 2008, thus ancient in rails land. (The title for this probably isn't as good as it should be, I cannot think of a better one) I am about to revisit a startup idea ...
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What is a closure and how is it implemented in Ruby?

In the context of the Ruby programming language, what is a closure and when do you use one? What are the uses for it in Rails?
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Online stores service design [duplicate]

I am designing an online store service app with rails. Everyone who wants to make his/her own store can do it with this app by just signing up and choosing a domain. I want to make it as SaaS as it ...
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Rails: get data about a model collection, with new model or method?

I have a model Product with attributes sales and views. I need to get sales/views count of all the products. Is more correct to implement this as a method and have a call like Product.all.sales or ...
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Is there a better pattern for a form object populating itself in 3 different ways?

So I'm writing a form object that deals with a specific thing - price - which is going to be included in several different underlying resources. (The Price is a separate model that may or may not need ...
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Is setting “permanent” persistent login cookies a bad practice?

I realized that in Rails there is a built in permanent method for its persistent login cookies (aka. "remember me" cookies) method to give the client a cookie that expires in 20 years: ...
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Which is the convention in Rails to perform calculations and display the results?

So I'm working on a personal project on Rails to learn more about this framework, and I wanted to add a feature in which the user choose a particular record from the view, and after some calculations ...
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Any way to use VoltDB in rails app?

I've been curiously looking at VoltDB and one year ago I have even seen a gem that was providing Ruby connection to VoltDB. I have checked today again and it seems gone. I'm planning to go through ...
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Incorporating web designer's into a rails app

I have a designer who has great knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript (Not jQuery or AJAX though). He gives me his designs in those files and I have to incorporate it into my apps. The site is not ...
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S3 image urls in database

I have an application where users will be able to upload multiple images for one Product (via something like Ryan Bates nested fields, so you'd click "Add Image", and a file upload would appear on the ...
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Should Latin-1 be used over UTF-8 when it comes to database configuration?

We are using MySQL at the company I work for, and we build both client-facing and internal applications using Ruby on Rails. When I started working here, I ran into a problem what I had never ...
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How can I move from Java and ColdFusion to Ruby on Rails? [closed]

Currently I work with ColdFusion 9+ and some Java in a Windows environment. Prior to ColdFusion, my background was in Java and JSP. I'm considering a move towards Ruby on Rails, as I think it would ...
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Is there any harm in using amazon AWS as a development environment? [closed]

What modifications do I need to make to my workflow, and which skills do I need to learn in order to develop with Ruby On Rails on a Linux cloud server on Amazon Web Services (AWS)? In particular, I ...
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How much Ruby should I learn before moving to Rails? [closed]

Just a quick question.. I can never get a definitive answer when googling this, either. Some people say you can learn Rails without knowing any Ruby, but at some point you'll run into a brick wall and ...
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Questions for Architecture with Ruby and Java [closed]

I am in the research phase of a project that needs to make use of 3rd party libraries that are in Java so I am stuck using Java to at least a small degree. I am considering implementing Ruby as the ...
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ActiveRecord equivalent in Java [closed]

My question is fairly simple.. What is the closest ORM to ActiveRecord that I'd be able to find for Java? In other words, in terms of thinking patterns and knowledge, with limted development time, ...
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Is obsolete to study older versions of Ruby and RoR? [closed]

I want to study Ruby and RoR for some things I'll have to make, but almost every book, videos or any kind of source I find is outated, where the most current book I could find (link here) is one of ...
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PHP vs ROR for AJAX and responsive design [closed]

I'm in the planning phase of making a website for calculating various mathematical problems, as a school/sparetime project with a couple of friends. We're gonna start off with implementing a "right ...
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How do rails project know about rake tasks from other repositories

We have a rake task called db:sanity_check which exists in a 'core' repo. Other repositories that we have also show this rake task. But they do not define the rake task. It 'comes' from core' How ...
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Where to load data for things like a sidebar in MVC frameworks?

This seems extremely basic, but I've read a lot of related questions and haven't found a proper answer. Using Ruby on Rails or other similar MVC framework, how am I supposed to load data that is ...
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Sharing business logic between server-side and client-side of web application?

Quick question concerning shared code/logic in back and front ends of a web application. I have a web application (Rails + heavy JS) that parses metadata from HTML pages fetched via a user supplied ...
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Should I be writing feature or request specs?

I've been writing model specs for a while now and I'm gradually moving towards integration testing. Right now, I'm looking at the best way to test the output of my ActiveAdmin dashboard but I'm unsure ...
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Should I use expect or should when writing RSpec specs? [closed]

Please can someone explain to me how I should go about deciding whether to use expect or should syntax for my rspec examples. From my understanding we should no longer be using the 'should' syntax. ...