Month: December 2012

Playframework Routes – Part 2, Advanced Use Cases

Play Routes – Part 2, Advanced Use Cases

Localized routes

There are different approaches to managing the user’s locale in a multi-language site. If most of the content is only available after log-in, a cookie backed by an entry in the User table should be enough. On your landing page you check for the Accept-Language header or check the IP address. Just make sure that Google Bot can index all publicly visible pages.

On content-heavy sites, one Google-compatible approach is to define the language in the URL. The first component of the URL should be the language (or, if really needed, both language and country). Using the first part of the URL not only to make it easier to differentiate for the user but also to makes it easier to manage the site in Webmaster Tools.

We have two options here. Either we define a regex, or we hard-code our supported languages. The second approach must be chosen when we optimize for Google (see section below).

# Map to language via RegEx
/$language< [a-z]{2}>/videos/:id   controllers.Video.showVideo(id: Long, language: String)
# Hard-code supported languages
/de/videos/:id   controllers.Video.showVideo(id: Long, language = "de")
/en/videos/:id   controllers.Video.showVideo(id: Long, language = "en")

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Playframework Routes – Part 1, Basics

Play Routes – Part 1, Basics

Routes? What’s to explain?

Routes in Play are not a difficult concept to grasp, but as always, the devil is in the details. Let me show you how to get the most out of routes and how to tackle some of the typical problems in designing the routing scheme of a Play web application.

Defining routes

Before we dive into the details, let’s recap the basics.

A route is a mapping from a URL to a controller action. Routes are defined in a Play project’s routes file in the conf folder. You can only use one routes file and routes in submodules are currently not supported (but will be in the upcoming 2.1 release).

A route is defined by specifying the HTTP method (Play supports GET, PUT, POST, DELETE), the path, and a fully-qualified controller method (usually called an action). These three elements are separated by as much whitespace as you like.

# Show the index page
GET     /                 controllers.Application.index()
# Login
POST    /login            controllers.Application.login()

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