Entries from July 2008
def markdown(str) RDiscount.new(str).to_html end
(Note: I’m using the RDiscount library instead of BlueCloth, for reasons discussed here)
However, what if I wanted to add a “Read more” link at the end of the entry excerpt? I’d have to do something like this:
<%= markdown entry.excerpt + link_to("Read more", entry_path(entry)) %>
This way didn’t really appeal to me. What I really wanted to do was just pass a Ruby block, like this:
<% markdown do %> <%= entry.excerpt %> <%= link_to "Read more", entry_path(entry) %> <% end %>
In order to do this, I just had to modify my
markdown helper a bit:
def markdown(str='', &block) str = capture(&block) if block_given? result = RDiscount.new(str).to_html block_given? ? concat(result, block.binding) : result end
And, just like that, I can now pass blocks to my Markdown helper.
I put together a quick video showing where I’m at with the new design and backend for KyleSlattery.com. Take a look, and let me know what you think!
While building the Viddler Facebook application, I needed to create a pagination tool that worked just like Facebook’s. After looking at their HTML and their logic of what pages to display, I came up with one, which I’m releasing for anyone to use. The function takes 5 arguments, in the following order:
- $base_path: The base path for pagination. For instance, if /videos/4/ was page 4, $base_path would be “/videos”
- $cur_page: The current page number
- $total_items: The total number of items on the page
- $per_page: The number of items that are displayed on each page
- $footer_bar: If set to “true” this does not include the “Displaying items 1-5 of 10” text, and styles it as a footer paginator, instead of a header paginator.
- $name: What you’re paginating. This shows up as “Displaying $items 5-10 of 40”
Here’s an example:
<?php echo paginator('/videos', 2, 44, 5, false, 'items'); ?>
And here’s what it would look like:
You can download the source here. Hopefully this helps someone!
Sometimes, I wonder how I ever get anything productive done up here.