Web Portal Routes

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Ember Routes are the piece that ties a URL together with a screen. For instance if the web app has URLs like /events or /event/<#> then those are both routes with associated screens.

Route Models

The most important thing the route does is to set up the Model - which is the data shown by the screen. Most routes in Ares look like this:

gameApi: service(),    
model: function() {
    let aj = this.get('gameApi');
    return aj.requestOne('events');

They’ll either use requestOne for a single item or a complex hash, or requestMany for a list of items.

Sometimes a route will need data from more than one place. For this we can use the Router’s RSVP function to stitch multiple requests together:

model: function() {
  let api = this.get('gameApi');
  return RSVP.hash({
       jobs:  api.requestOne('jobs', { page: 1 }),
       options: api.requestOne('jobOptions')
     .then((model) => {
       return Ember.Object.create(model);

In a nutshell, this will issue two separate requests to the game (jobs and jobOptions), wait for both to respond, and then create a single model object.

Route Parameters

Many routes have a dynamic part of their URL, such as an object ID. The model can access this through its params parameter.

model: function(params) {
    let api = this.get('gameApi');
    return api.requestOne('event', {event_id: params['event_id']});

The GameApi service lets you communicate with the game. See Web Portal Game Api for more information.


All routes must be defined in the Ember Router class. The core ares routes are found in ares-webportal/app/router.js but you can add your own in ares-webportal/app/custom-routes.js.

You must specify whether the router accepts parameters as part of its URL or not. For example:

router.route('event', { path: '/event/:event_id'} );

Here, the Event URL will be /event/<event id> and the Event route class will be able to access the desired event ID in its model method using params['event_id'].

Adding a New Page/Route

To add a new page, you’ll need to add a route for it and several other bits and pieces:

  1. Router - The router needs a definition for the route. (ares-webportal/app/custom-routes.js).
  2. Route - The route needs a route handler. The main thing this needs to define is the model function. (for example: ares-webportal/app/routes/events.js)
  3. Template - The template defines the page appearance for the route. (for example: ares-webportal/app/templates/events.hbs)
  4. Controller (optional) - controller handles any button clicks or other actions, and can build some composite display properties from the model data. (for example: ares-webportal/app/controllers/events.js shows a composite property, and ares-webportal/app/controllers/event.js shows some button-click actions)