#105 Model Hook Does Not Fire

This “feature” could drive you nuts.  There are two ways to use the link-to helper in your templates.

If you have a route /project/:project_id that works with a Project model, then you can generate a link-to helper by passing the model:

or by passing the model’s id:

Ember is smart enough and knows how to render the link correctly both ways.  If you pass the model then the model hook will not fire.  If you pass the ID, the hook will fire as expected.

Now that I know this, it makes sense but it drove me nuts trying to debug why my model hook wasn’t firing.  It makes sense because if you are passing the model, Ember probably assumes (correctly) that you already have the model so why hit the server again.  Makes sense, right?

This is one of those things where conventions are awesome but only if you know what they are.


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