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Rails : Where to put what

I'm trying to clean up Rriki. Yes, this is procrastination and I should do my research, but clean code looks soooo nice !

Any way, I'm trying to program the rails way (some mumbo jumbo about MVC and DRY). For Rriki's 'sources' (storage for research articles, books etc.) I have a certain amount of processing that I have to do - I export the table data to BibTeX so I can use it with LaTeX, I import publication data from pubmed, and I write to auxiliary databases such as for bibus.

Currently code for this is placed in the model, in the controller and in sources_helper. But I have learned that this is not the true way. The proper coding etiquette is as follows
  1. Thin controllers : put as much of your logic in the model as possible and keep the controller slim and trim. Ideally, you should be able to glance at a controller method and figure out what information it grabs. [Jamis Buck]
  2. Fat models : Most of the logic will be about fetching, manipulating and parsing model data. So this IS the model's business.
  3. Use layouts : its a bit like css for rhtml
  4. Slim views : resist the temptation to write ruby code in rhtml - use a helper
  5. Fat helpers : move involved view code from views and controllers into helpers
Also see what goes where [Slash7].


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