Private Downloads with attachment_fu and nginx

August 15, 2008

So, you’re using attachment_fu to handle user file uploads in your rails app, right? If you’re also using Nginx for your web server, here’s a quick and dirty way to do controlled file access in less than 10 lines of code.

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Dynamic Dialogs with Rails and YUI

June 26, 2008

This tutorial is a followup to Instant Shiny Forms with Rails and YUI, with a bit more of an interesting technique that (I think, at least) really demonstrates where YUI shines. In the last tutorial, we embedded a hidden form in a “show” view, so we could render a YUI dialog instead of loading the edit page separately, or using a technique like in-place editing. While this is useful, I find it to be of somewhat limited utility. In this article I’ll demonstrate a technique to move that dialog to the index view using the Yahoo Connection Manager, so we can skip the show step all together. Read the rest of this entry »


Instant Shiny Forms with Rails and YUI

June 7, 2008

This tutorial will demonstrate how to convert standalone Ruby on Rails forms to a YUI dialog (hey, it’s one less page load) in only 4 easy steps.

We’ll start with a quick and dirty (and all scaffold) blogging app. I assume you know a thing or two and don’t need me to walk through this. You’ll note that there are no changes required to your controllers to make this work.

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