Helperful aims to be a collection of useful and reusable Rails helpers.
As a Gem
This is the preferred way to install Helperful and the best way if you want install a stable version.
$ gem install weppos-helperful --source http://gems.github.com
You can specify the GEM dependency in your application environment.rb file:
Rails::Initializer.run do |config| config.gem "weppos-helperful", :lib => "helperful", :source => "http://gems.github.com" end
As a Plugin
This is the preferred way if you want to live on the edge and install a development version.
$ script/plugin install git://github.com/weppos/helperful.git
Helper methods are grouped into different files according to their scope.
Before using an helper method you should include the helper file in your Rails application, as you would expected to do for a standard Rails helper. All helpers belongs to the Helperful namespace to prevent conflicts with default Rails helpers. Don't forget to add the namespace when including an helper from your controller.
class MyController < ApplicationController # include the title_helper helper 'helperful/title' # include the title_helper passing the qualified the module name helper Helperful::TitleHelper end
Moreover, the Helperful library provides a helpful method called helperful. It aliases the standard Rails ActionController::Base#helper method with the exception that it automatically prepends the helperful namespace when necessary.
class MyController < ApplicationController # include the title_helper helperful :title # include the title_helper passing the qualified the module name helperful Helperful::TitleHelper end
The following lines are equivalent:
helper 'helperful/title' helper :'helperful/title' helper Helperful::TitleHelper helperful 'title' helperful :title helperful Helperful::TitleHelper
The helperful methods accepts any parameter accepted by the original helper method.
helper 'helperful/title', 'helperful/affiliations' helperful :title, :affiliations
See the Rails documentation for ActionController::Base#helper method for more details about how to include an helper into a Rails application.
Once included, all helper methods are available in the View.
<html> <title><%= title 'This is a title' %></title> <body> <%= yield %> </body> </html>
This is a short description of all available helpers. Please refer to the documentation available at the beginning of any helper file for further details.
Asset Tag Helper
Provides a set of helpers for working with online affiliations.
The tradedoubler_verification_tag helper method returns the site verification tag required by Tradedoubler to verify the publisher account ownership.
# In your template <html> <head> <%= tradedoubler_verification_tag('00112233') %> </head> <body> This is your page content. </body> </html> # Will produce the following output. <html> <head> <%= tradedoubler_verification_tag('00112233') %> </head> <body> <!-- TradeDoubler site verification 00112233 --> </body> </html>
Provides a set of helpers for capturing and working with your page content in a more effective way.
The sidebar helper method is a syntactic sugar addition to store content for your website sidebars.
<% sidebar do %> <div>This is a sidebar module.</div> <% end %> <% sidebar do %> <div>This is an other sidebar module.</div> <% end %> <%= yield :sidebar # Produces the following output %> <div>This is an other sidebar module.</div> <div>This is a sidebar module.</div>
The has_content? helper is a natural fulfillment for the original content_for helper.
<% content_for :foo do %> <div>This is a foo content.</div> <% end %> <% has_content? :foo # => true %> <% has_content? "foo" # => true %>
The code above looks like much more readable than the following one. Isn't it?
Provides an helper for managing page title in Rails views and layouts.
# Include the helper in your controller. # You might want to include it in ApplicationController to make it available # always and everywhere in your templates. class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base helperful :title end # Now you can use set a title in your action # Example. index.html.rb <h1><%= title 'This is a title' %></h1> # And print the title with a :site decorator in your layout. <html> <head> <title><%= title :site => 'My Cool Site!' %></title> </head> <body> <%= yield %> </body> </html>
Originally available at gist.github.com/3840.
Simone Carletti <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright © 2008-2009 Simone Carletti, Helperful is released under the MIT license.