Sometimes I like to number rows using a counter when rendering lists of things:
<% @products.each_with_index do |product, i| %> <li class="product_<%= i %>"><%= product.name %></li> <% end %>
They are handy for testing, among other things.
Of course, if the content of the block gets too big I’ll factor it out into a partial. The idiomatic Rails way of doing this is to factor the block contents out into a partial and then render it with the
<%= render :partial => "product", :collection => @products %>
Which is very clean, except now where do we get our row counter? As it turns out, Rails provides one for us:
<li class="product_<%= product_counter %>"><%= product.name %></li>
Note the use of
product_counter. Rails takes the name of the partial and adds
_counter to it when providing the built-in counter.
Just be aware that unlike the counter provided by I have seen some references to this counter being 1-based, but at least in the version of Rails I am using (2.3.9) the counter is 0-based.
each_with_index, this counter is 1-based.