XML => HTML with Hpricot and Rails

By : btw
Source: Stackoverflow.com
Question!

I have never worked with web services and rails, and obviously this is something I need to learn. I have chosen to use hpricot because it looks great. Anyway, _why's been nice enough to provide the following example on the hpricot website:

 #!ruby
 require 'hpricot'
 require 'open-uri'
 # load the RedHanded home page
 doc = Hpricot(open("http://redhanded.hobix.com/index.html"))
 # change the CSS class on links
 (doc/"span.entryPermalink").set("class", "newLinks")
 # remove the sidebar
 (doc/"#sidebar").remove
 # print the altered HTML
 puts doc

Which looks simple, elegant, and easy peasey. Works great in Ruby, but my question is: How do I break this up in rails?

I experimented with adding this all to a single controller, but couldn't think of the best way to call it in a view.

So if you were parsing an XML file from a web API and printing it in nice clean HTML with Hpricot, how would you break up the activity over the models, views, and controllers, and what would you put where?

By : btw


Answers

Model, model, model, model, model. Skinny controllers, simple views.

The RedHandedHomePage model does the parsing on initialization, then call 'def render' in the controller, set output to an instance variable, and print that in a view.



I'd probably go for a REST approach and have resources that represent the different entities within the XML file being consumed. Do you have a specific example of the XML that you can give?



Once option that the devs over at xda-developers seem to enjoy is Mortscript

I have never bothered to use it, but I have used many cab installers that distribute mortscript so that they can do various tasks

By : snctln


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