Hello, I have the following structure: - app - controllers - helpdesk - call_controller.rb (Helpdesk::CallController < ApplicationController) - models - employee.rb - department.rb (Department < ActiveRecord::Base) - helpdesk - call.rb - call_history.rb (Helpdesk::CallHistory < ActiveRecord::Base) Is it possible to have a relationship between call_history and department? The problem is that they are in different folders (root and helpdesk, respectively). I was thinking the mapping could be like this: - in call (has_many :call_history <- it's working) - in call_history ( has_one: department <- it's not working) Could you help me? Thanks in advance for any help! Marcia
on 2006-04-12 03:10
on 2006-04-12 03:38
Marcia A. wrote: > Could you help me? > Move call.rb and call_history.rb up into the models folder :-) Dan
on 2006-04-12 03:54
why would you want to do this? It seems like you're just asking for trouble by not following the rails standard for very little gain.
on 2006-04-12 07:06
Hi Marcia, a couple of points: 1 - if you're not using rails1.1 this is probably going to cause you grief - I wouldn't bother. 2 - the simplest thing is to keep everything in the toplevel namespace 3 - there may come a point when your app is complex enough that the complexity of namespaces is worth it to reduce clutter in your models directory *but*... 4 - it's not worth it (imho) unless you're being crushed under a bazillion files in /app/models That said, it is possible to do what you want, EXCEPT your use of a 'helpdesk' directory in controllers *and* a 'helpdesk' directory in models. They will clash (at least they did the last time I had to use namespaces) and there's pretty much no way around it other than to have different directory names for app/controllers and app/models. So, just concentrating on the models, this ought to work: in app/models/helpdesk/call.rb class Helpdesk::Call < ActiveRecord::Base has_many :call_history # works because 'Helpdesk' module is implied # and call_history.rb is in the helpdesk directory end in app/models/helpdesk/call_history.rb class Helpdesk::CallHistory < ActiveRecord::Base has_one :department, :class_name => '::Department' # you have to tell rails *exactly* where to find the # class you are referring to if it's not in the current module # namespace end Note the :: in front of Department - it tells rails to look in the toplevel namespace for the class named 'Department' - if you didn't have the '::' characters it would assume the class is in the 'Helpdesk' module. Also note that if, for example, Department (app/models/department.rb) defines a relationship to something in the helpdesk directory then it will need to fully specify the :class_name argument as well. I hope this helps, Regards, Trevor -- Trevor S. http://somethinglearned.com