Chapter 4. Views

While web services may need to serialize data only when sending responses, users typically interpret websites visually through HTML. Consequently, in order to better separate the formatting of data from its composition, the MVC paradigm pushes us toward the convenience of views. Within a Merb application, these concretely translate to using templates from which application responses are built.

Not all templates are formatted in the same way, though, and some are better suited than others for particular work. Consequently, Merb has since its beginnings been able to hook into different templating engines. Working off the Erubis and Haml engines, Merb enables the two most common template formats, ERB and Haml. We will cover both ...

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