ActiveRecord::Base.new

I am new to RoR (new to both Ruby and Rails) and am creating a test
'wizard' that allows to enter information for an employee through
several pages. Only when reaching the last one and passing all
validations through all the pages a row should be created in the
table; however I've found that when I issue 'Employee.new' a row is
automatically created EVERY TIME and whenever I press enter on any of
the pages the page's data gets automatically transferred to the newly
created row with no 'save' or 'create' operation being executed on my
part.

This causes trouble for a couple of reasons:
1. It is not the desired behavior.
2. All automatically created rows stay in the table, regardless if I
save them or not. Some of them empty and others partially filled with
information.

The database is MySQL in case it makes a difference.

Does anybody know what could be going on? And most importantly how I
can make it work the way I need it to work?

Thanks a lot to everybody.

Calling new on a model will not enter rows into the table. You are somewhere calling either save on that object or skipping new and calling create.

Pastie your model please.

This may help you out.

http://github.com/Adkron/actsaswizard/tree/master

It is a plugin for creating wizards.

Amos

Hi Ryan.

Thanks for taking an interest on this. I am only using 'save' on the
last page's action method in the controller (4 pages: name, address,
phones and save; page 'save' has a button to invoke 'new', which just
redirects to 'name'). There is no use of 'create' anywhere in the
model, the controller or the view. I created some validation methods
in the model because that's where they are supposed to be but seeing
what was happening I took them out and put the validations in the
controller to see if somehow the model was using functionality I
didn't know it might have that would post the data to the row whenever
a method is invoked (just trying to guess). The problem persists.
Below is the full controller's code and the model is now empty. The
table was created with a migration so in addition to the fields in the
validation methods there is the 'id' field in it. Thanks again for
helping:

class EmployeesController < ApplicationController
  def name
    get_employee
    flash[:employee] = @employee
  end

  def address
    validate 'name'
  end

  def phones
    validate 'address'
  end

  def save
    validate 'phones'
    return if !@employee.errors.empty?
    @employee.save
  end

  def new
    flash[:employee] = Employee.new
    redirect_to :action => :name
  end

  private
  def validate( action_name )
    get_employee
    if @employee.errors.empty?
      update_employee
      if action_name == 'name'
        #@employee.validate_name
        validate_name
      elsif action_name == 'address'
        #@employee.validate_address
        validate_address
      elsif action_name == 'phones'
        #@employee.validate_phones
        validate_phones
      end
      redirect_to :action => action_name.to_sym if !
@employee.errors.empty?
    end

    flash[:employee] = @employee
  end # def validate( method_name )

  def get_employee
    @employee = flash[:employee] ||= Employee.new
  end

  def update_employee
    @employee.update_attributes(params[:employee])
  end

  def validate_name
    @employee.errors.clear
    @employee.errors.add(:first, 'Please enter first name.') unless !
@employee.first.nil? && @employee.first != ''
    @employee.errors.add(:last, 'Please enter last name.') unless !
@employee.last.nil? && @employee.last != ''
    @employee.errors.add(:identification, 'Please enter
identification.') unless !@employee.identification.nil? &&
@employee.identification != ''
  end

  def validate_address
    @employee.errors.clear
    @employee.errors.add(:street, 'Please enter street.') unless !
@employee.street.nil? && @employee.street != ''
    @employee.errors.add(:city, 'Please enter city.') unless !
@employee.city.nil? && @employee.city != ''
    @employee.errors.add(:state, 'Please enter state.') unless !
@employee.state.nil? && @employee.state != ''
    @employee.errors.add(:zip, 'Please enter zip code.') unless !
@employee.zip.nil? && @employee.zip != ''
  end

  def validate_phones
    @employee.errors.clear
    @employee.errors.add(:phone, 'Please enter phone number.') unless !
@employee.phone.nil? && @employee.phone != ''
    @employee.errors.add(:cell, 'Please enter cell number.') unless !
@employee.cell.nil? && @employee.cell != ''
  end

end

pepe wrote:

  def validate( action_name )
    get_employee
    if @employee.errors.empty?
      update_employee
      if action_name == 'name'
        #@employee.validate_name
        validate_name
      elsif action_name == 'address'
        #@employee.validate_address
        validate_address
      elsif action_name == 'phones'
        #@employee.validate_phones
        validate_phones
      end
      redirect_to :action => action_name.to_sym if !
@employee.errors.empty?
    end

def update_employee
   @employee.update_attributes(params[:employee])
end

Your issue here is the update_attributes method in your validations.
According to the rails docs:
Updates all the attributes from the passed-in Hash and saves the record.

Andrew

BTW - validations really belong in the model rather than the controller.

Thanks!

I guess I've been too busy trying to learn RoR and at the same time
make the code work. I didn't even think that the method would save the
data and just got it from a sample out of a book as a quick and easy
way to update all attributes from the form.

I owe you a beer. :slight_smile:

pepe wrote:

Thanks!

I guess I've been too busy trying to learn RoR and at the same time
make the code work. I didn't even think that the method would save the
data and just got it from a sample out of a book as a quick and easy
way to update all attributes from the form.

I owe you a beer. :slight_smile:

On May 7, 4:28 pm, Andrew Skegg <rails-mailing-l...@andreas-s.net>

You're welcome :slight_smile:

If you wish to continue using your controllers to do the validations (I
strongly suggest you don't), then you might want to investigate the
merge and reverse_merge functions.

Oh - and I drink almost any beer :slight_smile: