Created: 2012-03-23 20:23
Updated: 2018-06-01 17:32

carmen-rails Demo App

This app is a proof of concept to illustrate how to use carmen-rails inside a simple form in a Rails app.

carmen-rails depends upon carmen for its geographic data. If you want to customize the data generated by these helpers, the Carmen docs explain how.

Throughout this example, it is assumed that the code is operating on an Order model. Be sure to change all references to order to whatever is appropriate for your application.


Add carmen-rails to your Gemfile:

gem 'carmen-rails'

Use the new form helpers provided by carmen-rails to add country or subregion selects to your form:

<div class="field">
  <%= f.label :country_code %><br />
  <%= f.country_select :country_code, priority: %w(US CA), prompt: 'Please select a country' %>

That's all there is to it. If you want to support a subregion field and have the options inside it updated by value in the country select, place this input inside a partial:

<div class="field">
  <%= f.label :state_code %><br />
  <%= render partial: 'subregion_select', locals: {parent_region: f.object.country_code} %>

Here is the content of the subregion_select partial:

<div id="order_state_code_wrapper">
  <% parent_region ||= params[:parent_region] %>
  <% country = Carmen::Country.coded(parent_region) %>

  <% if country.nil? %>
    <em>Please select a country above</em>
  <% elsif country.subregions? %>
    <%= subregion_select(:order, :state_code, parent_region) %>
  <% else %>
    <%= text_field(:order, :state_code) %>
  <% end %>

Note that we're defaulting to a text field input when we don't have subregion information for a country, and that if we don't have a country at all, we show a simple message.

Now we will add a small script that replaces the subregion select when the country select's value changes. A wrapper div has been added to make this simpler.

$ ->
  $('select#order_country_code').change (event) ->
    select_wrapper = $('#order_state_code_wrapper')

    $('select', select_wrapper).attr('disabled', true)

    country_code = $(this).val()

    url = "/orders/subregion_options?parent_region=#{country_code}"

Now we just need to add a route to config/routes.rb:

get '/orders/subregion_options' => 'orders#subregion_options'

And a basic controller action to the appropriate controller:

def subregion_options
  render partial: 'subregion_select'

And that's basically it. This is obviously a very simple example, but it can serve as the foundation of a variety of more involved interactions.

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