Use data from multiple tables in one view.

Hey Matt, what’s the relationship or association between a ‘note’ and a ‘type’?


What does the model files look like?


class Note < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :type

class Type < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :note

You're making it harder than it needs to be, and I don't think you're
understanding the relationships you are setting up.

Since a Note has many types, if you did this at the console:

note = Note.find :first

you would have a note. To list its types:


Since this is an array, you would have to find all the types this note
had if you wanted to, say, display them. Something like:

note.types.each do |type|
  puts type.type_name

(in standard non-erb lingo)

If you were wanting to print all the types as you were trying to do in a view:

<% @notes.each do |note| %>
  <% note.types.each do |type| %>
    <%= h(type.type_name) %>
  <% end %>
<% end %>

Or, more simply:

<% @notes.each do |note| %>
  <%= h(note.types.join(", ") %>
<% end %>

I would consider getting rid of the name "type_name" and instead
calling it "name". Also, you might want "has_many :types" rather than
"has_many :type"

Thank you for your help with this. I knew I was looking into this and
making it harder than it needed to be. It ended up that when I started
second guessing myself I was troubleshooting the wrong issue.

I was getting nil values on some of my note types which was causing the
error and this was because I put the column in after I had initially set
up the database. Previous notes didn't have a type and thats where my
problem was. I was looking at it that I had my relationship set up
incorrectly and that I wasn't referencing it properly.