Resolving relative URLs to base in ruby

You ever have to resolve relative URLs in ruby?  I did.

It’s not clear if the stdlib URI can do this — I think not, universally.

But the awesome addressable gem can — in tested RFC 3986 way nonetheless!  Although it wasn’t immediately obvious to me what the correct API to use in addressable was. But it’s simply join, also aliased as +.

base = Addressable::URI.parse("http://example.com")
base + "foo.html"
# => #<Addressable::URI:0x3ff9964aabe4 URI:http://example.com/foo.html>

base = Addressable::URI.parse("http://example.com/path/to/file.html")
base + "relative_file.xml"
# => #<Addressable::URI:0x3ff99648bc80 URI:http://example.com/path/to/relative_file.xml>

base = Addressable::URI.parse("https://example.com/path")
base + "//newhost/somewhere.jpg"
# => #<Addressable::URI:0x3ff9960c9ebc URI:https://newhost/somewhere.jpg>

base = Addressable::URI.parse("http://example.com/path/subpath/file.html")
base + "../up-one-level.html"
=> #<Addressable::URI:0x3fe13ec5e928 URI:http://example.com/path/up-one-level.html>

It looks like the route_to and route_from methods can be used to go the other way, make a URL into a relative URL, relative to some base. But I haven’t played with them.

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