Validating a boolean non-database addition to a model

I have a model with a boolean variable in the database and one added by attr_accessor:

In the model:

attr_accessor :attrvalue

validates(:dbvalue, inclusion: { in: [true, false], message: “%{value} is not a valid response”} )

validates(:attrvalue, inclusion: { in: [true, false], message: “%{value} is not a valid response”} )

In the view:

<%= form_for(@user) do |f| %>

  <%= f.select :dbvalue, {'' => nil, 'Yes' => true, 'No' => false}, {},  { :class => 'span1' } %>

  <%= f.select :attrvalue, {'' => nil, 'Yes' => true, 'No' => false}, {},  { :class => 'span1' } %>

<% end %>

The dbvalue works, the attrvalue does not work and always throws the message attrvalue is not a valid response.

I assume that attrvalue is not a boolean. Can I force it to be a boolean? Alternately, is there another way to handle it?

Forms always submit strings, so the value that ends up in your model is the string "true" rather than he boolean true. For the dbvalue the accessors activerecord provides know that the corresponding column is a boolean column so they convert the string to the appropriate boolean (see https://github.com/rails/rails/blob/master/activerecord/lib/active_record/connection_adapters/column.rb for some of the typecasting )

You could either choose to do the same (ie provide your own setter method that does this conversion) or choose to mangle the parameters in the controller. I find both options a little icky - the model is the one that knows which attribute should be of each type but it feels a little dirty that a detail of the way in which http form posts are handled (values are always strings) ends up in your model.

Fred.

What exactly are you trying to achieve with this approach, why do you need to have the second attr not in the database and validated?

To answer your question, yes you can force it to be a boolean, by creating your own accessor methods

Instead of attr_accessor :attrvalue
def attrvalue
@value
end

def attrvalue=(new_value)
if new_value == “true”
@value = true
else
@value = false
end
end

The second attr is a transient only used when the user signs up for an account, so I did not want to save it it in the database.

I now have in the model:

attr_accessor :completed_cfdym
def completed_cfdym
@completed_cfdym
end
def completed_cfdym=(var)
if var = ‘true’
@completed_cfdym = ‘true’
else
if var = ‘false’
@completed_cfdym = ‘false’
else
@completed_cfdym = ‘’
end
end
end
validates(:completed_cfdym, inclusion: { in: [true, false], message: “%{value} is not a valid response”} )

The ‘’ is because I do want force the user to answer.

And the view:

  <%= f.label :completed_cfdym, "Have you already completed 'A Conversation for the Difference You Make in Life?", class: 'span5'  %>
  <%= f.select :completed_cfdym, {'' => nil, 'Yes' => true, 'No' => false}, {}, { :class => 'span1' } %>

This still fails with:
Completed cfdym is not a valid response

It also does not preserve the value that I set when it displays the error and goes back to the ‘’ => ‘nil’ setting

You should remove the quotes from your boolean values.
@completed_cfdym = ‘true’ should be @completed_cfdym = true this should solve the Completed cfdym is not a valid response error.
To preserve form values after failure you have to use params[:fieldname]

<%= f.select :completed_cfdym, params[:completed_dfdym],{’’ => nil, ‘Yes’ => true, ‘No’ => false}, {}, { :class => ‘span1’ } %>

Then use render in your controller on form submit failure.

attr_accessor :

Removing the ‘’ on true and false made no difference.

I also tried the addition of params[:completed_cfdym], both with and without the :completed_cfdym, and both give me a rails error.

Removing the ‘’ on true and false made no difference.

You’re comparing with = rather than ==

Fred

I now have:

model:

    attr_accessor :completed_cfdym
    def completed_cfdym
      @completed_cfdym
    end
    def completed_cfdym=(var)
      if var == 'true'
        @completed_cfdym = true
      else
        if var == 'false'
          @completed_cfdym = false
        else
          @completed_cfdym = ''
        end
      end
    end
    validates(:completed_cfdym, inclusion: { in: [true, false], message: "%{value} is not a valid response"} )

view:

  <%= f.label :completed_cfdym, "Have you already completed 'A Conversation for the Difference You Make in Life?", class: 'span5'  %>
  <%= f.select :completed_cfdym, {'' => nil, 'Yes' => true, 'No' => false}, {}, { :class => 'span1' } %>

I get the diagnostic:

  • Completed cfdym is not a valid response

Is there a construct, like the %{value} that I can use to print out the response?