August Lilleaas has a nice writeup on making your own
FormBuilder. Towards the end, he describes wiring it up as the default:
Create a new file called
config/initializers/setup.rb. Or, if you’re on pre-2.0, add it to the bottom of
ActionView::Base.default_form_builder = LabellingFormBuilder
Though “proper,” this approach requires restarting the server to see changes in
You can avoid restarting the server by doing this instead:
It’s a subtle difference, but it provides a nice window into understanding the
In August’s version,
const_missing loads the
LabellingFormBuilder class only once, when the initializer is run.
In our version, we’ve tricked
const_missing into running on each request by not holding onto the class it loads. That is, instead of caching the class lookup in
@@default_form_builder, we’re allowing the lookup to be performed on demand.
5 Rails tips
Each day this week, Joachim and I will post something we’ve learned in our time programming together. It’s fun to do, and we might just win something as well.