Using a singleton resource for an admin section
Applications with an admin section often have a URL like http://myapp.com/admin, with that URL being a summary page, and all the other admin pages be under that URL (like, http://myapp.com/admin/users to edit users.). Without defining a lot of routes, this hasn’t been very easy with Rails…until now. Singleton resources have been merged into the 1.2 branch from edge-rails, so I thought I would share a little pattern that I’ve been using in several of my apps to accomplish this.
Singleton resources are like regular resources in Rails 1.2, except that they don’t have an :id parameter. This happens to work perfectly for using one controller to show a summary page, and then nesting the routes for other controllers inside of it.
The routes definition looks like this:
Update: The key here is
To make this work, generate an admin controller:
script/generate controller admin
You can now set up the “show” action in the admin controller to display a summary page.
The named route
users\_path now generates the URL