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<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>My Awesome Blog</title>
<script src="/javascripts/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="/javascripts/jquery.mustache.js"></script>
<script src="/javascripts/"></script>
// This should be in a seperate file, but for demonstration purposes I'm doing this.
// I was thinking about writing some kind of replacement for the rails flash stuff, buuut
// I'm kind of lazy. That is kind of a deficiency of doing things this way, but it IS something
// that can be worked around.
// This is a template for mustache.js to parse and use. Due to the limitations of mustache in using
// dot notation (something.method) inside of template tags, you have to use this syntax
// {{#something}}{{method}}{{/something}}, feels cumbersome but it works.
var post_template = '<li id="post_{{#entity}}{{id}}{{/entity}}" class="post">' +
'<h2 class="title"><a href="#{{#entity}}{{id}}{{/entity}}">{{title}}</a></h2>' +
'<div class="body_text">{{content}}</div>' +
'<a href="/posts/{{#entity}}{{id}}{{/entity}}/edit">Edit</a> | ' +
'<a href="/posts/{{#entity}}{{id}}{{/entity}}" class="delete_link">Delete</a>' +
// Jquery on dom ready
// Immediately grab the posts json from the duby servlet.
$.getJSON('/json/posts', function(data){
// Iterate though the returned json, compile the html string with mustache
// and then append it to the #posts unordered list.
$('#posts').append($.mustache(post_template, this));
// Due to the asynchronous nature of the $.getJSON call, and then the time
// it takes to append the html, the dom elements might not exist to bind
// events to, so event binding has be stalled until a later time.
// Ehhh, it bothered me that I could not use the rails "link_to blah, blah, :method => :delete" helper,
// so I wrote the equivilant in javascript. The only thing wrong with this is that it does not pass
// the csrf token(which is easy to fix), and it does not pay attention to a success being returned or not,
// it just fires and forgets. If someone wants something that would work for real, just tell me.
$('.delete_link').live('click', function(event){
$.post('/posts/' + $(this).parent('.post').attr('id').substr(-1), {'_method': 'delete'});
return false;
// This binds the hashchange special event provided by the ba-hashchange library that's been included.
// What this does is watch the url hash to see if it's been changed or changed, it then either hides every
// post except the one that is specified, or shows all of the posts. After binding the event it then immediately
// triggers it, so that if a page is refreshed with a hash it selects the correct post.
function bind_events(){
$(window).bind('hashchange', function(event){
// kind of a wierd quirk, when the url either contains no "#" character
// or does contains a "#" with no other text after it, location.hash == ''.
if (location.hash == ''){
} else {
select_post(location.hash.substr(1)); // cut out the # at the beginning of the location.hash
// Select all of the elements that have the .post class. Then specify that I do NOT want to
// select an element that has a specific id. Then call hide on that list of elements.
function select_post(post_id){
$('.post').not('#post_' + post_id).hide();
// Show everything with a .post class.
function show_all_posts(){
<link type="text/css" media="screen" rel="stylesheet" href="/stylesheets/scaffold.css" />
<div id="header">
<h1><a href="/">My Awesome Blog</a></h1>
<a href="/posts/new">New Post</a>
<div id="content">
<ul id="posts"></ul>