# Resources

Avo effortlessly empowers you to build a full admin dashboard for your Ruby on Rails application. One of the most powerful features is how easy you can administer your database records. Avo does this using Resources. Each resource maps out one of your models.

# Defining Resources

bin/rails generate avo:resource post

This command will generate a resource file under your app/avo/resources directory. The app/avo directory will hold all of your Avo configuration files.

Inside the creates resource file will look like so:

class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :id
  self.includes = []

  field :id, as: :id
  # add fields here

From this config, Avo will infer that the resource's model will be the Post model.

# Setting the title of the resource

Initially, the title attribute is set to :id, so the model's id attribute will be used to display the resource in search results and belongs select fields. You usually change it to something more representative, like the model's title, name or label attributes.

class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :name # it will now reference @project.name to show you the title

# Eager loading

If you regularly need access to a resource's associations, you can tell Avo to eager load those associations on the Index view using includes. This will help you avoid those nasty n+1 performance issues.

class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.includes = [:user, :tags]

# Views

Each generated resource will have four views Index view where you see all your resources listed, Show view where you get to see one resource in more detail, Edit view where you can edit one resource and Create view where you can create a new resource.

# Grid view

On Index view, the most common view type is :table. You might have some data that you want to display in a grid view. You change that by setting default_view_type to :grid and add the grid block.

Avo grid view
class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.default_view_type = :grid

See how you can customize the grid item in the additional grid view documentation.

# Devise password optional

If you use devise and you update your user models (usually User) without passing a password you will get a validation error. You can use devise_password_optional to stop receiving that error. It will strip out (opens new window) the password key from params.

class UserResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.devise_password_optional = true

# Filters

It's a very common scenario to add filters to your resources to make it easier to find your records. Check out the additional Filters documentation to see how easy it is to set up custom filters with Avo.

Avo filters

# Actions

Most of the time, you will want to trigger some events against your records or run more heavy updates. Avo makes this so easy with Actions.

Avo actions

Check out the additional Actions documentation.