Given a slugged generic model for which you want to generate a URL at runtime, you can usually just call:
@b = BlogPost.find(params[:id]) # ==> BlogPost[id: 100, slug: "hello-world"] polymorphic_url(b) # ==> blog_post_url(b.id) # ==> "/blog_posts/hello-world"
However, I recently came across a case where the named route did not match the model name. Using the above as an example:
# config/routes.rb resources :blog_posts, as: 'posts'
polymorphic_path now throws an error complaining that the generated path method (
blog_post_url) does not exist. The path name, which is inferred through the model class
BlogPost no longer matches any routes.
Instead, we needed the method to be
polymorphic_url lets you supply the path as a symbol, rather than inferring it from the model. We can then pass the additional information (in this case, the slug parameter) to the helper as an argument:
polymorphic_url([b.model_name.human.underscore.to_sym], id: b.slug) ==> post_url(b.id) ==> "/posts/hello-world"