Changing the URL structure

I wanted the following URL structure in my website

www.mysite.com/product/myproductname/whatsnew

but the default url mapping in MonoRail would translate this as

www.mysite.com/[controller]/[action]/[id]

So it would expect to find this

public class ProductController
{
  public void MyProductName(string id)
  {
  }
}

whereas what I actually want is

public class ProductController
{
  public void WhatsNew(string productName)
  {
  }
}

  1. Open Web.Config
  2. Locate the monorail node
  3. Locate the routing child node
  4. Now add a new <rule> to the top of the list:

<rule>
<pattern>/(product)/(w+)/(w+)</pattern>
<replace><![CDATA[ /product/$3.rails?productName=$2]]></replace>
</rule>

As this is at the top of the list it will have the highest priority. If the URL matches /product it will remap the url

From:
www.mysite.com/product/myproductname/whatsnew

To:
www.mysite.com/product/whatsnew.rails?productname=MyProductName

without the user ever seeing it 🙂

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