Forms without a database backend

Hi,

I'm trying to create a simple contact form. It might use the database later
for storing the messages, but not yet, I don't think. However, I'd still
like to be able to validate the fields easily, like you would with
ActiveRecord.

How can I do this? I'm new to rails so really don't know where to start.

Thanks,
Brandon

You can validate an ActiveRecord object using valid?.

http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActiveResource/Validations.html#M000832

This will ensure any model validation you include are ran.

From: rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com [mailto:rubyonrails-
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Subject: [Rails] Re: Forms without a database backend

You can validate an ActiveRecord object using valid?.

http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActiveResource/Validations.html#M000
832

This will ensure any model validation you include are ran.

Thanks, but should I create an ActiveRecord model even though it shouldn't
be associated with a table?

Brandon

It would probably be the easiest way to get to the model validations.

Have a look at the activerecord_base_without_table plugin:
http://agilewebdevelopment.com/plugins/activerecord_base_without_table.
It's very simple and I use it a lot in my projects. However, if you
ever get into a situation that the framework does a
'describe' ( DESC ) on it, it will fail. Therefore, I modified the
plugin to set the table name to "dual". Works like a charm!