Restful dates: from, to

Hello,

I'm having trouble making my application restful. I want to show posts
between 2 dates.

For example posts between march 2007 and may 2007. I don't know how to
represent this timespan a single resource because it has 2 parts: from
and to. The url I'm looking for is something like this /from/
01-03-2007/to/01-05-2007/posts

But that means that there are 3 resources here: "From" resource, "To"
resource and "Posts".

And nested routes would look something like this:

map.resources :from do |from|
  from.resources :to do |to|
    to.resources :posts
  end
end

Is this solution ok, or there is some more elegant way of solving
this?

Thanks

How about start date and timespan, so start-dates are the basis of
your url and timespan is a parameter.
Just a thought :slight_smile:

You mean like /from/01-03-2007/posts?to=01-05-2007 ?

This is kind of ugly

Well maybe, but you can get rid of the from and have

posts/01-03-2007?to=01-05-2007

and if there is no 'to' you'd just get the posts on the day.

I think that the most natural way would be simply:

/posts?from=01-03-2007&to=01-05-2007

This seems like a perfecly acceptable uri from a REST point of view,
and your posts controller can simply look for params[:from], and
params[:to] in the index action

I too am looking for a good way to expose a date parameter in a url
using restful routing...

I'd like to stay away from query string parameters (i.e. ?/&) in
pursuit of cleaner urls without potential caching/search engine
difficulties. For example, I like how Dopplr structures their urls
quite a bit (probably using map.connect?):

http://www.dopplr.com/traveller/adamjh/journal/2008/01/trips

... where 2008/01/trips are parameters used to scope journal results
(2008/01 scopes the year/month, and trips filters the results to items
of type 'trip')

Any ideas how I could achieve something similar with
map.resources? :path_prefix can enable the type of parameter passing
I need, but prepending them onto the url doesn't yield the same
logical structure I'm looking for (i.e. ability for a visitor to chop
a parameter off the url and find herself a level higher in the site's
information architecture).

Thanks,
- Adam