Simply Jestful

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Update: I’m using jester.js version 1.3.

Jester is basically ActiveResource for javascript. It’s amazing. I love it! With almost no changes to my scaffold_resource generated controllers I was able to work on my models via javascript in my web browser.

All I had to do was download the javascript and put it in public/javascripts/

I put this in my layout: <%= javascript_include_tag ‘jester.js’ %>

Then I was able to do this in Firebug:

>>> Base.model('User')
>>> Base.model('Comment')
>>> c = Comment.create({comment: 'i love jester'})
POST http://localhost:3000/comments.xml (381ms)prototype.js (line 866)
Object _name=Comment _format=xml _singular=comment
>>> c.user
Object _name=User _format=xml _singular=user _plural=users
>>> c.user.display_name

Use XML, not JSON. The Rails implementation of .to_json() is not as fully featured as .to_xml().

This patch was accepted into core in June. I used it to patch my rails-1.2.3 installation. It stops the following from failing:

format.xml  { render :xml => @post.to_xml(:include => :comments, :methods => [:obfuscated_email]) }

Jester is documented in a series of release announcement blog posts. I recommend reading them in order.