Update collection passed to form_tag

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to update attributes in a collection passed to form_tag.
However my syntax for extracting values from the params hash results
in this exception:

undefined method `keys' for ["Vanilla", "Rose", "Cranberry"]:Array

So it appears I am trying to call keys on an array of "flavor"
attribute values, rather than extracting "Candle" object id keys from
the params hash. I have included the code from the view and controller
below.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate any specific
suggestions, as well as any resources that explain the intricacies of
params.

Thank You!
Supraja

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to update attributes in a collection passed to form_tag.
However my syntax for extracting values from the params hash results
in this exception:

undefined method `keys' for ["Vanilla", "Rose", "Cranberry"]:Array

So it appears I am trying to call keys on an array of "flavor"
attribute values, rather than extracting "Candle" object id keys from
the params hash. I have included the code from the view and controller
below.

If you call your parameters candle[] then you will indeed get back a
single array parameter

if you wanted a hash keyed by id then you'd need parameters of the
form candle[some_id][flavor]. fields_for etc... may be able to help
you create those parameter names rather than having to bash them in by
hand.

Fred

Hi Fred,

I appreciate your quick reply.

Here's an example of an HTML tag after I used fields_for() (code
pasted below*):

<input id="candle_flavor" name="candle[flavor]" size="30" type="text"
value="Vanilla" />

How can I change edit_all.html.erb code to get:

id="candle[id][flavor]" name="candle[id][flavor]"

Thanks,
Supraja

Hi everyone,

Thanks to Fred for an excellent explanation of params in his blog
post: http://www.spacevatican.org/2008/7/18/parametrised-to-the-max.
Anyone who is interested in params could probably learn a lot from
reading this interactive post.

Based on the post, I was able to update_attributes() to a collection
of candles.

Thank You!
Supraja

# edit_all.html.erb
<% form_tag(:action => "update_candle_line") do %>

  <% for @candle in @candles %>
    <p>
    <% fields_for @candle do |can| %>
      <%= can.text_field(:flavor, "index" => @candle.id) %>
    <% end %>
    </p>
  <% end %>
  <p>
      <%= submit_tag "Update" %>
  </p>
<% end %>

# edit_all_controller.rb
def update_candle_line
    params[:candle].each do |id, new_attributes|
    Candle.find(id).update_attributes new_attributes
    end
    redirect_to_index("Flavors updated!")
end