Ruby-on-rails – When to use Helpers instead of Partials


In a rails application, in which situation would you use a partial and when would you use a helper? I find both very similar, since they represent markup fragments.

Is there a convention around this? which is the 'rails way' of using them?


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I guess my rule of thumb is to use a helper to build a single "unit" of display -- like a span containing a link -- and to use a partial to build a more complex unit of display composed of more than one "unit" of display -- like a grid or a menu.

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