Define output scopes for XML/JSON serialization of your ActiveRecord models
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Serialization Scopes

Build Status Define scopes for XML/JSON serialization of your ActiveRecord models.

In your models

Serialization Scopes extends ActiveRecord and provides a serialization_scope class method for defining custom scopes. Example:

# Column names: id, title, body, date, personal_notes, comments_count, author_id
class Article < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :comments

  serialization_scope :author, :except => [:comments_count]
  serialization_scope :reader, :only => [:title, :body, :date], :include => [:comments]
end

Scoping serialization output

Scopes can be applied as options to the usual #to_xml and #to_json methods. Examples:

Apply the default scope. This can be overridden in models via serialization_scope :default, ...:

Article.first.to_json
# => {"id":1,"title":"Hello","body":"World","date":"2010-01-01","personal_notes":"Author's notes","comments_count":3,"author_id":1}

Apply a custom scope:

Article.first.to_json(:scope => :author)
# => {"id":1,"title":"Hello","body":"World","date":"2010-01-01","personal_notes":"Author's notes","author_id":1}

Custom scopes can still be extended/overridden:

Article.first.to_json(:scope => :author, :only => [:title])
# => {"title":"Hello"}

In your controllers

Serialization Scopes comes with a responder which you can include to your own. Create your own responder:

# lib/my_responder.rb
class MyResponder < ActionController::Responder
  include SerializationScopes::Responder
end

And then you need to configure your application to use it:

# app/controllers/application_controller.rb
require "my_responder"

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
  self.responder = MyResponder
end

In your controllers, then simply define a protected serialization_scope method. It will be automatically applied as part of respond_with. Example:

# app/controllers/articles_controller.rb
class ArticlesController < ApplicationController
  respond_to :html, :xml, :json

  def show
    @article = Article.find params[:id]
    respond_with @article
  end

  protected

    def serialization_scope
      @article && @article.author == current_user ? :author : :reader
    end

end

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2011 Dimitrij Denissenko

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