accepts_nested_attributes_for :has_many :through => 'bug?'

Hey guys & ladies!

I've got the following relationship which i'm trying to get
accepts_nested_attributes to work with. But when i submit my form, it
looks as if its expecting a Company object, rather than an array of
companies. which really doesn't make sense considering its a
has_many :relationship.

So what i'm after, is a way to
accept_nested_attributes_for :companies, so when my users sign up to
the website, they can also create a company.

-------------- user.rb

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :company_users
  has_many :companies, :through => :company_users

  accepts_nested_attributes_for :companies
end

-------------- company.rb

class Company < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :company_users
  has_many :users, :through => :company_users
end

-------------- company_user.rb
class CompanyUser < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :user
  belongs_to :company
end

-------------- My form

<% form_for :user, :url => users_path do |f| -%>

<p><%= label_tag 'First name' %>
<%= f.text_field :firstname %></p>

<p><%= label_tag 'Surname' %>
<%= f.text_field :surname %></p>

<p><%= label_tag 'email' %>
<%= f.text_field :email %></p>

<p><%= label_tag 'password' %>
<%= f.password_field :password %></p>

<p><%= label_tag 'password_confirmation', 'Confirm Password' %>
<%= f.password_field :password_confirmation %></p>

  <h2>Company Information</h2>
  <% f.fields_for :companies do |company| %>
       <%= render 'companies/fields', :f => company %>
   <% end %>

<p class="submit"><%= submit_tag 'Sign up' %></p>
<% end -%>

-------------- The error

ActiveRecord::AssociationTypeMismatch in UsersController#create

Company(#2180266380) expected, got Array(#2148226700)

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Request

Parameters:

{"commit"=>"Sign up",
"user"=>{"password_confirmation"=>"12341234",
"companies"=>{"name"=>"1234"},
"firstname"=>"driver",
"surname"=>"asdf",
"password"=>"12341234",
"email"=>"asdf@asdf.com"}}

Show session dump

Hey guys & ladies!

I've got the following relationship which i'm trying to get
accepts_nested_attributes to work with. But when i submit my form, it
looks as if its expecting a Company object, rather than an array of
companies. which really doesn't make sense considering its a
has_many :relationship.

So what i'm after, is a way to
accept_nested_attributes_for :companies, so when my users sign up to
the website, they can also create a company.

[snip]

Parameters:

{"commit"=>"Sign up",
"user"=>{"password_confirmation"=>"12341234",
"companies"=>{"name"=>"1234"},
"firstname"=>"driver",
"surname"=>"asdf",
"password"=>"12341234",
"email"=>"a...@asdf.com"}}

Your models and forms look OK, but something has gone wrong in the
generated HTML code - the 'companies' key should be
'companies_attributes' to trigger the nested attributes stuff. Can you
post the generated HTML?

--Matt Jones

Thanks for having a look Matt, I've changed

<% f.fields_for :companies do |company| %>

to

<% f.fields_for :companies_attributes do |company| %>

and i'm no longer getting the "expected object, but got array error",
now i'm getting
"undefined method `stringify_keys' for "test":String" where "test" was
the company name i inputted into the form. Below is the html output of
the form.

    <form action="/users" class="new_user" id="new_user" method="post">
    <p><label for="First_name">First name</label>
    <input id="user_firstname" name="user[firstname]" size="30"
type="text" value="" /></p>

    <p><label for="Surname">Surname</label>
    <input id="user_surname" name="user[surname]" size="30" type="text"
value="" /></p>

    <p><label for="email">Email</label>
    <input id="user_email" name="user[email]" size="30" type="text" /></

    <p><label for="password">Password</label>
    <input id="user_password" name="user[password]" size="30"
type="password" /></p>

    <p><label for="password_confirmation">Confirm Password</label>
    <input id="user_password_confirmation" name="user
[password_confirmation]" size="30" type="password" /></p>

    <hr />
    <h2>Company Information</h2>

      <input id="user_companies_attributes_name" name="user
[companies_attributes][name]" size="30" type="text" />

    <p class="submit"><input name="commit" type="submit" value="Sign
up" /></p>
    </form>