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Update the README to reflect the latest changes, added remarks about …

…the jQuery version and fixed some errors.
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@@ -13,7 +13,7 @@ fulfills the following REST preconditions:
- It uses the HTTP PUT method to update a record
- It delivers an object in JSON form for requests with
- "Accept: application/javascript" headers
+ "Accept: application/json" headers
The editor works by PUTting the updated value to the server and GETting the
updated record afterwards to display the updated value.
@@ -24,7 +24,7 @@ URL: <>
BLOG: <>
First, install REST in Place with
@@ -37,6 +37,31 @@ framework). `rest_in_place.js` is the version for the Prototype framework,
`jquery.rest_in_place.js` uses the [jQuery][] framework and `mootools.rest_in_place.js`
uses [mootools][].
+jQuery vs. the other variants
+Only the jQuery version of REST in Place is actively maintained by me.
+The Prototype version was part of the original proof of concept code, but since
+I don't work with Prototype, I have no interest in personally developing it.
+I don't know much about mootools either, the REST in Place variant was
+contributed by Kevin Valdek. I'll happily include any further improvements of
+these variants, but I won't write them myself, so they might not be in sync
+with the jQuery version in terms of features.
+That aside, I made a change to the jQuery version and turned it into a proper
+jQuery plugin. This means that it does not automatically execute anymore on
+startup to convert all ".rest_in_place" elements into editable fields.
+Instead please include the following line of code in your document's onLoad
+ jQuery(".rest_in_place").rest_in_place();
+Rails Request forgery Protection
For REST in Place to work with Rails request forgery protection, place the
following lines into your applications layout:
@@ -44,6 +69,9 @@ following lines into your applications layout:
rails_authenticity_token = '<%= form_authenticity_token %>'
+Usage Instructions
To make a piece of Text inplace-editable, wrap it into an element (a span
usually) with class "rest_in_place". The editor needs 3 pieces of information
to work: a URL, an object name and the attribute name. These are provided as
@@ -63,7 +91,7 @@ follows:
eMail: <span class="rest_in_place" data-attribute="email"><%= %></span>
-- You can completely omit the url, to use the current document's url.
+- You can completely omit the url to use the current document's url.
With proper RESTful controllers this should always work, the explicit
url-attribute is for cases when you want to edit a resource that is
displayed as part of a non-RESTful webpage.
@@ -85,9 +113,6 @@ follows:
!! object always overrides dom_id recognition.
!! --------
@@ -102,14 +127,23 @@ Your app/controllers/users_controller.rb:
@user = User.find params[:id]
respond_to do |type|
- type.js {render :json => @user}
+ type.json {render :json => @user}
def update
@user = User.find params[:id]
- @user.update_attributes!(params[:user])
- redirect_to @user, :status => :see_other
+ if @user.update_attributes!(params[:user])
+ respond_to do |format|
+ format.html { redirect_to( @person ) }
+ format.json { render :nothing => true }
+ end
+ else
+ respond_to do |format|
+ format.html { render :action => :edit } # edit.html.erb
+ format.json { render :nothing => true }
+ end
+ end
@@ -120,6 +154,9 @@ Your app/views/users/show.html.erb:
<%= javascript_include_tag "jquery-1.2.6.min" , "jquery.rest_in_place" %>
<script type="text/javascript">
rails_authenticity_token = '<%= form_authenticity_token %>'
+ jQuery(function(){
+ jQuery(".rest_in_place").rest_in_place();
+ });
@@ -137,17 +174,15 @@ localhost:3000/users/1
you need to set up the database first.
Copy and edit `testapp/config/database.yml.sample` accordingly.
-If you don't want to use the included sqlite3 database, run `rake db:create`,
-`rake db:schema:load` and `rake rest_in_place:create_sample` to create a test
+If you don't want to use the included sqlite3 database, run `rake db:create`
+and `rake db:schema:load`.
REST in Place was written for Ruby on Rails but is usable with any kind of
-RESTful web api. Just include the rest_in_place.js in your webpage and follow
-the instructions.
+RESTful web api. You should be able to adapt the instructions above to your
+framework easily.

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