rails plugin that enables inheritance of views along a controller class heirachy
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ianwhite / inherit_views >>info >>api

Status

inherit_views works with rails 2.x

If you're on rails 2.3 or rails edge, you want inherit_views/master

If you're on rails 2.2, you want inherit_views/rails-2.2

If you're on rails 2.0, or 2.1, you want inherit_views/rails-2.0-2.1

what does it do?

This rails plugin allows your controllers/mailers to inherit their views from parent controllers/mailers. The default behaviour is to inherit along the ancestor path of the controller/mailer, but you can also specify custom inherit view paths to search.

Example:

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
  inherit_views
end

class FooController < ApplicationController
  # will look for views in 'views/foo', then 'views/application'
end

class BarController < FooController
  # will look for views in 'views/bar', then 'views/foo', then 'view/application'
end

See InheritViews for more details

NOTE: this plugin is not aimed at having multiple view paths for your controllers, which is addressed with the view_paths addition to ActionController::Base for rails 2.0. Rather, within these view paths, you can inherit views from other controller paths.

In templates

You can render the 'parent' template from within a template if you so choose. This works for partials and top-level templates alike.

foo/view.html.erb

<h1>Foo View</h1>

bar/view.html.erb

<%= render :parent %>
<h2>With some 'bar' action</h2>

rendering bar/view (with the controller setup described above):

<h1>Foo View</h1>
<h2>With some 'bar' action</h2>

Installation

You can install inherit_views as either a plugin or a gem. The easiest method is to install as a plugin by running the following command in your Rails project's top level directory:

ruby script/plugin install git://github.com/ianwhite/inherit_views.git

This method will install the plugin into [RAILS PROJECT HOME]/vendor/plugins.

If you find yourself installing inherit_views into many projects a better alternative is to install the plugin as a gem so that it can be used in any Rails application (this requires RubyGems).

sudo gem install ianwhite-inherit_views

Then, in your project's environment.rb, add the line below following Rails::Initializer.run do |config|.

config.gem 'ianwhite-inherit_views', :lib => 'inherit_views'

Then restart your sever!

Testing & CI

RSpec is used for testing, so the tests are in spec/ rather than test/ Do rake –tasks for more details.

garlic is used for CI, see garlic.rb for details on what versions of rails are tested.

Contributors

Author: Ian W. White

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