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Route of Destruction (Rod)

Do not use this plugin.

I repeat: Do not use this plugin.

I will physically restrain you if you use this plugin.

Ok. You can use it but there are a few things you MUST consider and probably you
have to upgrade your controllers a bit.
Actually I fear that afterwards you app is a bit safer than before...

If you are using button_to for you destroy links this plugin is not for you.

== Reasons for RouteOfDestruction (Rod)

The main purpose of Rod is to allow you to use the link_to helper for a
delete/destroy link that nicely degrades for non-javascript users to a GET request
onto your controller's destroy method. Then the template could show a regular delete form
that any non JS client can use.

As I said: a GET request on your destroy method. THIS IS DANGEROUS!
If you are running a RESTful application then you most likely don't have a check anymore
wether the request is a DELETE request or a GET request. But with this plugin you'll need it
or you'll be an easy victim to attack and destroy your data.

  class PostController
    def destroy
      @post = Post.find(params[:id])
      return unless request.delete? # This is the imporant line. Say it loud and repeat 100.times
      if @post.destroy
        flash[:notice] = "Post is gone."
        redirect_to :action => :index and return
        redirect_to :back and return

== What else to know?
Ok. So much for the warning. Now the easy part.

First, if you run ´rake routes´ you will see a new route:
  destroy_post GET /posts/:id/destroy(.:format) {:controller=>"posts", :action=>"destroy"}

In your views you can now use this short (that will also create the necessary JS)
  link_to t(:'posts.links.delete'), destroy_post_path(, :method => :delete
instead of the old variation that didn't work with REST anyways, only if you (idiot!) still had the
default routes active (I'm talking about "map.connect ':controller/:action/:id'").
  link_to t(:'posts.links.delete'), {:controller => :posts, :action => :destroy, :id =>}, :method => :delete

The fallback form in your destroy.html.erb/.haml should look like this:
  form_for :post, @post, :url => post_path(:id =>, :html => {:method => :delete} do

== Installation

Did I already mention not to use this plugin?

As normal plugin:
  ./script/plugin install git://

For the fanboys of good olde git-submodule:
  git submodule add git:// vendor/plugins/route_of_destruction

== Author, Weblinks and Copyright

Thomas aka TomK32 works as freelance webdeveloper in Vienna, Austria.
Visit the blog:
Or the github account:

The github repo for this plugin is:

Copyright (c) 2009 Thomas R. "TomK32" Koll, released under the MIT license

PS: Nowadays no one deletes data. You better have a state column:
Post.update_attribute(:state => 'deleted')

PPS: And do not ever again play shipmast.