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hypermodel Build Status Dependency Status

A Rails Responder that renders any Mongoid model to a JSON HAL format, suitable for Hypermedia APIs.

Install

Put this in your Gemfile:

gem 'hypermodel'

Usage

class PostsController < ApplicationController
  respond_to :json

  def show
    @post = Post.find params[:id]
    respond_with(@post, responder: Hypermodel::Responder)
  end
end

Now if you ask your API for a Post:

{"_id"=>"4fb648996b98c90919000012",
 "title"=>"My post",
 "body"=>"Foo bar baz.",
 "author_id"=>"4fb648996b98c9091900000f",
 "updated_at"=>"2012-05-18T13:03:21Z",
 "created_at"=>"2012-05-18T13:03:21Z",
 "_links"=>
  {"self"=>{"href"=>"http://test.host/posts/4fb648996b98c90919000012"},
   "author"=>{"href"=>"http://test.host/authors/4fb648996b98c9091900000f"},
   "reviews"=>
    {"href"=>"http://test.host/posts/4fb648996b98c90919000012/reviews"}},
 "_embedded"=>
  {"comments"=>
    [{"_id"=>"4fb648996b98c9091900000d", "body"=>"Comment 1"},
     {"_id"=>"4fb648996b98c9091900000e", "body"=>"Comment 2"}]}}

Gotchas

These are some implementation gotchas which are welcome to be fixed if you can think of workarounds :)

Routes should reflect data model

For Hypermodel to generate _links correctly, the relationship/embedding structure of the model must match exactly that of the app routing. That means, that if you have Blogs that have many Posts which have many Comments, the routes.rb file should reflect it:

# config/routes.rb
resources :blogs do
  resources :posts do
    resources :comments
  end
end

Every resource controller must implement the :show action at least

Each resource and subresource must respond to the show action (so they can be linked from anywhere, in the _links section).

The first belongs_to decides the hierarchy chain

So if a Post belongs to an author and to a blog, and you want to access posts through blogs, not authors, you have to put the belongs_to :blog before belongs_to :author:

# app/models/post.rb
class Post
  include Mongoid::Document

  belongs_to :blog
  belongs_to :author
end

I know, lame.

Contributing

  • List of hypermodel contributors

  • Fork the project.

  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add specs for it. This is important so we don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull.
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.

License

MIT License. Copyright 2012 Codegram Technologies

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