Aliasing Actions in Rails

Code snippet for application.rb that makes life just a little easier if multiple actions are doing exactly the same thing (both in the controller and the view):

def self.alias_action(existing, aliased)
  define_method(aliased.to_sym) do
    render :action => existing.to_s


And then in the appropriate controller (where edit is an existing action, and show needs to be exactly the same):

alias_action :edit, :show


I know this is a specialised use - but perhaps someone else out there is doing something similar.

Dr Nic left a comment on 5 Nov, 2007:

Hmm, I love where your heart is at. Perhaps

def edit; show; end

Gets the trick done too :)

pat left a comment on 5 Nov, 2007:

Ah, not quite Nic - as the view for the existing action needs to be rendered as well - which is one extra line: render :action => "show" for your example.

But yeah, it’s not saving many lines of code, I just find it a little more elegant.

Posted on 5 November, 2007

Tagged with: ruby, rails