how to change the rails root url based on the current user or role

In my latest rails app, I needed the root url to be different based on the logged in user, i.e. if the user was logged in I wanted to show one page, if not I wanted to show a generic page. Rails 3 makes this very easy.

While drawing routes, rails gives you ability to constrain the route based on anything in the incoming request. As it happens, I was using devise for my authentication needs and devise uses warden which fills up the request’s env with the current user, Once I had the current user it was a simple conditional statement was all that was needed to get my routes working. Checkout the below implementation to see how it’s done:

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#lib/role_constraint.rb
class RoleConstraint
def initialize(*roles)
@roles = roles
end
def matches?(request)
@roles.include? request.env['warden'].user.try(:role)
end
end
#config/routes.rb
root :to => 'admin#index', :constraints => RoleConstraint.new(:admin) #matches this route when the current user is an admin
root :to => 'sites#index', :constraints => RoleConstraint.new(:user) #matches this route when the current user is an user
root :to => 'home#index' #matches this route when the above two matches don't pass

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