RESTful Authentication and dual login

Hello all,

I'm setting up a RIA with 2 separate "sub sites" (with namespaces in the routes), let's say one for the clients, the other for the dealers. I want to use RESTful authentication, have followed the nice tutorial available here ( and it works perfectly, but it is not adapted to my dual login system, and I'm really scratching my head to modify this. I come from a C++/PHP background, so I'm still finding my marks around models, filters, REST routes (ressources), etc.

So should I keep : - one "users" model, with 2 :has_one relationships (1 to clients model, 1 to dealers model, of course mutually exclusive) and a boolean in the users model to indicate if it's a client or a dealer ; - or no users model but two totally separate and complete models ("clients" and "dealers"), with all user information in each, and only 1 stored in the session, but then how could I know which one ? and that means no more current_user in the session but rather a current_client OR current_dealer ?

Help, I'm really stuck on that one, I can't decide the most natural (and most DRY) method of applying my "simple" business rule in a rails 2.0 environment.

Laurent Cortier.

My gut instinct is it'd be easier to have one user table. -R

My gut instinct is it'd be easier to have one user table.

Yes, I'm studying the STI way for now, even if only to add specialized foreign keys to actual user data. The problem here is that my gut instinct doesn't work like it should because Rails re-defines web programming following many design patterns still not clearly assimilated by my own CPU :stuck_out_tongue: