How do you store values for each specific user?

Just learning Rails trying to get a handle on something in a very
basic sense:

I can create a login tool, I can create a funciton that creates a
table based on skills but I have no idea how to make skills local to
each user? I was every used to have a list of skills that when they
login are displayed.. Each user can't have his own database table can
he? What is the general way of handling this.


My answer is going to be a bit vague, since your question is a bit
vague. If you skills table has a user_id column then a user's skills
are simply those with the appropriate user_id. Rails' associations
will do most of this for you

class Skill
  belongs_to :user

class User
  has_many :skills

some_user.skills => The skills for that user


You can also map the skill resources as being nested under users in
your routes.rb.

map.resources :users, :has_many => :skills

This would provide you a way to access a user's skills with the
following URI:

http://localhost:3000/users/1/skills # The array of skills for a
user with id == 1

And you can build the URI with something like:

user_skills_url(user_id) ==> http://localhost:3000/users/1/skills

Note: assume user_id = 1