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A port of Alex Wayne's Settings plugin that adds support for groups of settings.
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Grouped Settings Plugin

A port of Alex Wayne's Settings plugin that adds additional support for groups of settings.

Unfortunately this port was made back in 2006 and still needs to be merged in with the current version of Settings.

Settings is a plugin that makes managing a table of global and grouped key, value pairs easy. Think of it like a global Hash stored in you database. Use it to keep track of any global setting that you dont want to hard code into your rails app. You can store any kind of object. Strings, numbers, arrays, or any object.


You must create the table used by the Settings model. Simply run this command: ruby script/generate settings_migration

Now just put that migration in the database with: rake migrate


Global settings are the simplest: To set one you just say:
Settings.set('some_key', some_value) It will be automatically saved. To retreive it just say: Settings.get('some_key') and it will return the string, array, number or whatever kind of object some_value was.

That's it for global ones. Now lets say you want to group some settings. This is useful when multilpe groups of things have the same variable name.

Settings.set('some_key', some_value, 'name_to_group_them_under')

Just like before it's automatically saved but in order to retreive it you'll need to specify the appropriate group name:

Settings.get('some_key', 'name_to_group_them_under')

If you want to find all the settings in a particular group you say:

settings_group = SettingsGroup.find_by_name('name_of_group')

after that you can request variables directly from the group:

my_var = settings_group.get('some_key')

you can also set variables directly in the group:

settings_group.set('another_key', 'another_value') 

that would result in a new setting (or overwriting an old one) that was tied specifically to that group.

To change a setting just set it again.

Default Globals:

Set defaults for certain settings of your app.
This will cause the defined settings to return with the Specified value even if they are not in the database.
Here is what you insert into your environment.rb

module SettingsDefaults DEFAULTS = { :setting_one => 'footastic', :setting_two => 123.321 } end

NOTE: the server must be restarted in order to see new default settings.

All there is to it!. Enjoy!

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