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Rails 3 and UJS with jQuery

Recently I tried to convert my Rails 2.3 application into Rails 3.0. There are various tutorials covering this problem, so I just concentrate on one issue which is not well described – namely the UJS functionality introduced in Rails 3.

Generally I agree with the idea, that UJS is a good solution – the HTML we had with calls link_to_remote and the like was really ugly, and this ugliness is not just something unimportant IMHO (especially when you have to look at the page source). So I welcome this feature appreciatively.

So it seemed that the switch should to be as easy, as replacing the old:

link_to_remote "tilte", :url => {...}, :update => "some_id"


link_to "title", {...}, :remote => true

but… as you might see in this piece of code above, the :update key, which I found very useful, is missing in the new syntax. I thought – “Strange”, but who cares – there must be some rationale for that, just another piece of Rails/jQuery magic. But when I started googling, I “discovered” that there is no good substitution for :update. Especially in Ryan’s recent railscast the solution was really disappointing, I mean this line of code in index.js.erb:

$("#products").html("<%= escape_javascript(render("products")) %>");

What?! Do I have to write this piece of sh… for every remote action? Where is the beauty of Rails’ DRYness?

But just the next day after implementing this in my application, I thought “There must be some solution for that”. And there is!

If you wish to preserve the old behavior of link_to_remote without lousing the benefits of UJS, do the same as you did, namely:

link_to "title", {...}, :remote => true, :"data-update" => "some_id"

(We use :"data-update" instead of :update to be more HTML 5 compliant. You could use :update, but then you would have to adapt the code below appropriately.)

And then add this little piece of code to your application.js:

jQuery(function($) {
$("a[data-update]").live("ajax:success", function(data,status,xhr){

And that’s it! The :update behavior should work as previously (and don’t ask me why I use “status” variable for something which has semantic of “data” – the names are taken directly from the official rails.js file).

rails | ujs | jquery | Opublikowano 08:56 28-11-2010. Ostatnia modyfikacja 09:01 28-11-2010 |
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