Hi, I am struggling with a simple Single table Inheritance example. I have two models, generated as follows: script/generate scaffold Contact type:string created_at:datetime updated_at:datetime script/generate scaffold Person fname:string lname:string I amended the Person model: class Person < Contact end I then expected to be able to create a Person, with a fname, but this fails (the following is from script/console):- >> @person = Person.new => #<Person id: nil, type: "Person", created_at: nil, updated_at: nil> >> @person.fname = "niciliketo" NoMethodError: undefined method `fname=' for #<Person:0xb6e8e5fc> from /home/nic/site/crm/vendor/rails/activerecord/lib/ active_record/attribute_methods.rb:251:in `method_missing' from (irb):2 >> The examples I can find are pretty terse, and don't seem to explain why this isn't working. Can anyone tell me why this happens?
on 2009-04-28 17:01
on 2009-04-28 17:26
Did you run the database migration? 2009/4/28 firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
on 2009-04-28 17:39
On Apr 28, 1:57 pm, "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> wrote: > from (irb):2 > > > > The examples I can find are pretty terse, and don't seem to explain > why this isn't working. Can anyone tell me why this happens? Because that's not quite what single table inheritance does. The parent class is Contact, so instances of Person (and all other subclasses of Contact) are rows in the contacts tables and thus have the attributes that you specified when you created the contact model (ie type and created_at) Fred
on 2009-04-28 18:25
Yes, I ran the db migrations after creating the scaffolding and changing the models. rake db:drop:all; rake db:create:all; rake db:migrate;
on 2009-04-28 18:28
Thanks Percy, Got it. I guess the clue is in the SINGLE TABLE piece :-) Apologies for my misunderstanding, and thanks for putting me straight.