Category Archives: Gem

[Ruby on Rails] Custom search with act_as_seekable gem/plugin
A common problem most of us have when creating an application is adding search methods. Some times we need to allow users to perform a search involving order paramaters, filter and a free text input for keywords or person name in case you are perfoming people search.
Rails it self provided us with some cool tools to do this, named scopes are very usefull since you can chain them to get better results, a good example would be returning a collection of Retired Doctors (if we got those named_scopes defined).
So a few days ago I created a small plugin that adds a “seek” method to all the models you need. This seek method will recieve a hash as parameter, in this hash should look like this:
{:filter => ‘named_scope_name_for_filter’, :search => ‘Text to search’, :order => ‘column ORDER’ }

Here is a small example:

class CreatePeople < ActiveRecord::Migration
def self.up
create_table :people do |t|
t.string :name
t.integer :age
t.boolean :retired
t.string :profession
def self.down
drop_table :people

class Person < ActiveRecord::Base
acts_as_seekable :paginate => true
named_scope :doctor, :conditions => {:profession => 'Doctor'}
named_scope :retired, :conditions => {:retired => true}
named_scope :elder, :conditions => {:age => 70..200}

class PeopleController < ActionController::Base
def index
@people =

The plugin/gem can be found at
A better example can be found at
clone it, test it, do whatever you want with it.

Leave comments please, that way I know I’m not talking to the wall. :O


Ruby: Convertir Números en Palabras (Cantidad con Letra)

Cierto día en el trabajo nos pusimos a hacer un pequeño gem que le hace un override a la clase Numeric de Ruby, agregando un método de instancia to_words que entrega el número en texto. El número puede estar entre 0 y 9 quintillones (como si realmente necesitaras esta cantidad 😀 ). Esta hecho para que lo escriba en español de la siguiente forma:
$ irb(main):001:0> require 'rubygems'
$ => true
$ irb(main):002:0> require 'number_to_words'
$ => true
$ irb(main):003:0> 5678.to_words
$ => "cinco mil seiscientos setenta y ocho"

Y para que te sirva para un cheque, osea para uso monetario….

$ irb(main) :004:0> number = 4567.90
$ => 4567.9
$ irb(main):005:0> number.to_words.capitalize << " pesos " << (number.to_s.split(".")[1] || 0).rjust(2,'0')<< "/100 M.N."
$ => "Cuatro mil quinientos sesenta y siete pesos 09/100 M.N."

Hasta el momento nos ha funcionado a la perfección.
Para instalarlo y usarlo hechenle un ojo al sitio de github

Si le encuentran defectos, errores o se les ocurre una mejora dejenme saber para ver si se incluye. Espero les sirva. Saludos.
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