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How would I define a model that recognizes when the content of a page changes?

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#1 ghobs91



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:48 PM

One of my static pages displays items using eBay's API, based on criteria that the user provides. How can I define a function within a model that detects when the contents of this page change (ie. when a new item in their criteria is listed on eBay), and then interacts with ActionMailer to notify them? 

#2 stevieing



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:52 AM

It would probably be better to put that function elsewhere as it involves a http request/response.


You would need to set up a background job that would poll eBay maybe via a webservice...


Sorry I have no experience of this so can't give you any more detail. If you search for background jobs on railscasts there are a few examples.





#3 panzhuli



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:59 AM

Unless you're also storing EBay's content in your db, I would recommend handling it via AJAX and use a javascript framework to update elements on the screen. I'd think this is a front-end job rather than back-end...

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