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One Small Serving of WebApp Tips #

by why in inspect

Maybe you remember Tanaka-san’s WebApp from a few weeks back. I’ve been using it here on the site to power our posting CGIs. It acts as a very simple wrapper for Hobix, which does the work of refreshing this site’s static HTML efficiently.

Time for a few undocumented tips I’ve picked up while sifting through the source.

  • Set ENV['WEBAPP_DEVELOP_HOST'] to your IP before you require 'webapp'. When exceptions are thrown, you’ll see the exception. Other users will get an error page.
  • Customize the debug and error pages by overriding WebApp::Manager#generate_debug_page and WebApp::Manager#generate_error_page.
  • WebApp works best when paths are addressed after the CGI’s path. Here’s a set of rewrite rules:
     RewriteEngine   On
     RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !webapp.cgi
     RewriteRule ^(.*)$         /posts/webapp.cgi/$1
  • If using the above, you can generate links relative to the CGI path by using web.reluri( :path_info => '/posts/list' ).
  • You might want to alias the verbose accessors for GET and POST variables.
     class WebApp
       alias _get  query_html_get_application_x_www_form_urlencoded
       alias _post query_html_post_application_x_www_form_urlencoded
said on 02 Feb 2005 at 06:25

The Webapp link doesn’t work

said on 02 Feb 2005 at 08:48

I can’t do anything right.

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