I was going into a project to do some general code refactoring (it’s a hobby you know), and found some tests that were failing. Figured I’d fix those first and then whine to whoever left failing tests in a project later. One test failure in particular looked a bit odd to me:
…that’s interesting, I thought. What does
http://mocked.com have to do with
anything in that line? Well the functional test looked like this:
setup do login_as :activated_user get :new, :url => 'http://mocked.com' end
…and the action in the controller looked like this:
# User added lettuces page # scrapes lettuce URL if given for suggested title and images def new @url = params[:url] @lettuce = @url.blank? ? Lettuce.new : Lettuce.from_url(@url) end
Ok, it looks like an external site can pass a
url param in via the url, to
indicate which page this action should reach out to and scrape for
content. I removed the
@url assignment line from the action and put a
@url.class %> and and
<%=h @url.methods.sort %> into the
new view file and
loaded that in my browser.
@url is an
ActionController::UrlRewriter, and it has a
#rewrite method, amongst some other things. I’m guessing that Rails routing is
using this somewhere, but I’m not curious to go find out because it will delay
my refactoring mission.
Now, thankfully I didn’t like that there was an instance variable named
in the first place, since it was being created only for the purpose of letting
the view use an instance variable instead of accessing
However, there was a conditional case in the view for how to handle a
url vs a non blank url, so it had to be available to the view somehow. I
def new @lettuce = requested_lettuce_url.blank? ? Lettuce.new : Lettuce.from_url(requested_lettuce_url) end protected helper_method :requested_lettuce_url def requested_lettuce_url params[:url] || '' end
- The functional tests all pass.
@urldoes not get overwritten, so the routing code will now work.
- The view has access to a
#requested_lettuce_urlmethod (a bit verbose, but
#lettuce_urlcollides with a named route).
- The incoming param stays the same, so any external pages which linked to this
import lettuceview won’t have to change how they link to the page.
Now that the
lettuces_controller is looking good, I can start working on the
meats_controller and see what it has in store.