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Version 2.1.7

Forked from zegomesjf/awesome_nested_set. Contains a bug fix for page reordering. See https://github.com/collectiveidea/awesome_nested_set/issues/117

AwesomeNestedSet

Awesome Nested Set is an implementation of the nested set pattern for ActiveRecord models. It is a replacement for acts_as_nested_set and BetterNestedSet, but more awesome.

Version 2 supports Rails 3. Gem versions prior to 2.0 support Rails 2.

What makes this so awesome?

This is a new implementation of nested set based off of BetterNestedSet that fixes some bugs, removes tons of duplication, adds a few useful methods, and adds STI support.

Code Climate

Installation

Add to your Gemfile:

gem 'awesome_nested_set'

Usage

To make use of awesome_nested_set, your model needs to have 3 fields: lft, rgt, and parent_id. The names of these fields are configurable. You can also have an optional field, depth:

class CreateCategories < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def self.up
    create_table :categories do |t|
      t.string :name
      t.integer :parent_id
      t.integer :lft
      t.integer :rgt
      t.integer :depth # this is optional.
    end
  end

  def self.down
    drop_table :categories
  end
end

Enable the nested set functionality by declaring acts_as_nested_set on your model

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_nested_set
end

Run rake rdoc to generate the API docs and see CollectiveIdea::Acts::NestedSet for more information.

Callbacks

There are three callbacks called when moving a node: before_move, after_move and around_move.

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_nested_set

  after_move :rebuild_slug
  around_move :da_fancy_things_around

  private

  def rebuild_slug
    # do whatever
  end

  def da_fancy_things_around
    # do something...
    yield # actually moves
    # do something else...
  end
end

Beside this there are also hooks to act on the newly added or removed children.

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_nested_set  :before_add     => :do_before_add_stuff,
                      :after_add      => :do_after_add_stuff,
                      :before_remove  => :do_before_remove_stuff,
                      :after_remove   => :do_after_remove_stuff

  private

  def do_before_add_stuff(child_node)
    # do whatever with the child
  end

  def do_after_add_stuff(child_node)
    # do whatever with the child
  end

  def do_before_remove_stuff(child_node)
    # do whatever with the child
  end

  def do_after_remove_stuff(child_node)
    # do whatever with the child
  end
end

Protecting attributes from mass assignment

It's generally best to "whitelist" the attributes that can be used in mass assignment:

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_nested_set
  attr_accessible :name, :parent_id
end

If for some reason that is not possible, you will probably want to protect the lft and rgt attributes:

class Category < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_nested_set
  attr_protected :lft, :rgt
end

Conversion from other trees

Coming from acts_as_tree or another system where you only have a parent_id? No problem. Simply add the lft & rgt fields as above, and then run:

Category.rebuild!

Your tree will be converted to a valid nested set. Awesome!

View Helper

The view helper is called #nested_set_options.

Example usage:

<%= f.select :parent_id, nested_set_options(Category, @category) {|i| "#{'-' * i.level} #{i.name}" } %>

<%= select_tag 'parent_id', options_for_select(nested_set_options(Category) {|i| "#{'-' * i.level} #{i.name}" } ) %>

See CollectiveIdea::Acts::NestedSet::Helper for more information about the helpers.

References

You can learn more about nested sets at: http://threebit.net/tutorials/nestedset/tutorial1.html

How to contribute

Please see the 'Contributing' document.

Copyright © 2008 - 2013 Collective Idea, released under the MIT license

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