I know this has got to be a really dumb question, but here goes anyway. I've got a model with an associated table. One of the columns in the table is 'date_created', which I want to be set to the date/time each row was added to the table. Seems to me that setting this in the initialize method for the model would be the right thing to do,... class MyThing < ActiveRecord::Base def initialize @date_created = DateTime.now end ... But that throws other errors since the controller is calling the class with additional arguments from the form entry that started the process. @thing = MyThing.new(params[:thing]) I know I must be missing something pretty basic, but any help getting me pointed in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
on 2006-06-12 23:25
on 2006-06-12 23:41
I knew that as soon as I asked, I'd find the answer on my own. created_at/created_on; Not exactly what I was looking for, but it'll serve the purpose for now. However, any info on the more general task of setting default values for model variables would still be appreciated.
on 2006-06-13 03:07
> def initialize > I know I must be missing something pretty basic, but any help getting me > pointed in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. You already found created_at/on and it's friend updated_at/on, but also look into before_save() and before_create(). -philip
on 2006-06-13 04:05
That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!