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AwesomeNestedSet

Awesome Nested Set is an implementation of the nested set pattern for ActiveRecord models. It is replacement for acts_as_nested_set and BetterNestedSet, but awesomer.

What makes this so awesome?

This is a new implementation of nested set based off of BetterNestedSet that fixes some bugs, removes tons of duplication, adds a few useful methods, and adds STI support.

Installation

If you are on Rails 2.1 or later:

script/plugin install git://github.com/collectiveidea/awesome_nested_set.git

Usage

To make use of awesome_nested_set, your model needs to have 3 fields: lft, rgt, and parent_id:

class CreateCategories < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def self.up
    create_table :categories do |t|
      t.string :name
      t.integer :parent_id
      t.integer :lft
      t.integer :rgt
    end
  end

  def self.down
    drop_table :categories
  end
end

Enable the nested set functionality by declaring acts_as_nested_set on your model

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_nested_set
end

Run `rake rdoc` to generate the API docs and see CollectiveIdea::Acts::NestedSet::SingletonMethods for more info.

View Helper

The view helper is called #nested_set_options.

Example usage:

<%= f.select :parent_id, nested_set_options(Category, @category) {|i| "#{'-' * i.level} #{i.name}" } %>

<%= select_tag 'parent_id', options_for_select(nested_set_options(Category) {|i| "#{'-' * i.level} #{i.name}" } ) %>

See CollectiveIdea::Acts::NestedSet::Helper for more information about the helpers.

References

You can learn more about nested sets at:

http://www.dbmsmag.com/9603d06.html
http://threebit.net/tutorials/nestedset/tutorial1.html
http://api.rubyonrails.com/classes/ActiveRecord/Acts/NestedSet/ClassMethods.html
http://opensource.symetrie.com/trac/better_nested_set/

Copyright © 2008 Collective Idea, released under the MIT license