Recently I found myself wanting to access the resque-web ui on a live application. I had considered just running resque-web as a separate process, but after reading this article I realised that I could mount resque directly in the router, awesome!
However, the application doesn’t use devise for authentication, so I wanted an easy way to restrict resque-web to admins.
Using rails 3 router’s advanced constraints
you can pass a
:constraints options with an object that responds to
matches? and receives the current request as an argument.
Since the current user’s id is stored in the session, we can simply retrieve the user and check if they’re an admin.
AdminRestriction class performs the actual checks, in the router
it is simply passed as a constraint.
First we pull the
user_id out of the session, then we attempt to get
the user from the database. Finally we check that we’ve found a user and
that they are an admin.
If the user tries to access
/resque and they are not an admin, they
simply get a 404 error.
This technique can be used with any rack application, or indeed with any
regular route, just pass a
:constraints option (see the
match method docs),
and the constraints that you apply can use any part of the request to decide if
it matches. You can restrict access by ip address, or do routing based
on the request’s geolocation.
The possibilities are endless.