Dashboard with multiple controllers

I have an application with items such as articles, bulletins, events, weekly specials,… Each of these has its own MVC implmentation
and works well.

What I would like to do is have the home page display a dashboard that contains many of these items, for example the last few articles,
a weekly special, upcoming events, and any bulletins with urgent news for the users.

How do I go about getting all of these things to appear on the page and in side bars? Can I just render them from the layout (this doesn’t seem to work
but I could be doing it wrong), or use content_for?

Please point me in the right direction.

Matt

I have an application with items such as articles, bulletins, events, weekly specials,… Each of these has its own MVC implmentation
and works well.

What I would like to do is have the home page display a dashboard that contains many of these items, for example the last few articles,
a weekly special, upcoming events, and any bulletins with urgent news for the users.

How do I go about getting all of these things to appear on the page and in side bars? Can I just render them from the layout (this doesn’t seem to work
but I could be doing it wrong), or use content_for?

Please point me in the right direction.

A controller method should handle one request at a time, so maybe you need to create a dashboard controller. That controller can call any number of other models' methods and collate the data together before rendering one view.

A completely other approach would be to render these individual methods as Ajax requests, and compose the resulting page with JavaScript. That's going to mean N-times as many requests to your server. You could do the same with iframes, too, for an even lower-tech approach with the same problem.

Walter