REST versus RPC in Rails

I have made a similar post to this one before, however I decided to
repost it as a more general purpose question to elicit the views of
the Rails community.

I have been trying to design an application in Ruby on Rails using a
REST style, however I am getting stuck on the issue of pages that need
to display multiple resources, for instance a home page that has many
different resource on that page, or a page that has both hotel rooms
and advertisements. I posted a question like this before on the group
and got an interesting reply as the first response (http://
groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/browse_thread/thread/
8653e9f0047170df), saying in part that Rails doesn't seem to have good
support for this style of interaction at the moment, and this seems to
be true as far as I can tell.

So I have a number of questions, to see if I can get some general
opinions:

1. Is it true that Rails does not support this type of interaction?

2. Does REST in general support this?

3. Does this mean that most general purpose websites can not be
written according to a REST style?

4. Should Rails support this type of interaction if it doesn't
already?

5. In the case of Rails and nested resources, what happens when a
parent has multiple children? How does one expose this in Rails?

Thanks for your time.

The Rails development philosophy is more of a guideline rather than a
hard rule. You don't need to develop in REST if it is not appropriate
for your site. I have developed many non-REST Rails applications that
mix unrelated models on the same page. If it's what the customer
wants - the customer gets :slight_smile: Though not recommended, you can even
make Active Record calls from your View rather than your Controller.
Both Ruby and Rails are flexible enough to stray outside of the
conventional to solve problems.

I have more recently been toying with the idea that REST can be used
more as client/server development where you could basically have two
applications working together to solve a problem. The underlying
RESTful application manages the data and web services while another
non-RESTful application manages the presentation layer of your web
application. It would be interesting to see if anyone has tried this
approach.

Cheers,
Chris Matthieu
http://www.Rubyology.com