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There is a function "resources" in the class "SingletonResource" that provides 7 routes for an indicated resource, like this:
Also, there are some gems(as "friendly_id") that give a possibility to store an arbitrary string in :id parameter, what helps to have frendlier links like /photos/big-ben.
But for several reasons this approach makes me feel odd. The fact that in the :id is stored, for example, a name of a model is not quite elegant. And also it leads to such code in controller:
@photo = Photo.find_by_name(params[:id])
Which can be hardy called beautiful. "params[:name]" should fit much better. To avoid this, the gem mentioned above redefines the "find" method in choosen model, but I do not like it too. It can easily provoke gem conflicts, because there is a lot of gems that do it too. E.g., commonly a gem which adds "soft delete" also redefines this method that makes impossible to use them together or can break functionality somehow later.
So, my suggestion is to add a :param_name option to "resources" method so we can have the behavior like this:
resources :photos, :param_name => 'name'
Could it be useful if I add such feature? In addition, there is a whole bunch of questions on stackoveflow with the same desire.
Hi friend. New features such as this are to be discussed on Rails Core mailing list.
@jherdman is right. It's a feature request. It will be better if you get feedback from the Rails Core mailing list. /cc @steveklabnik
Closing here, please ask about it in Mailing list or send a pull request to Journey (the rails router), if people like this probably someone (maybe Aaron Patterson?) can help you implementing it on Journey
Ok, thank you, I'll do it there.