Help with a noob


#1

Hi all,
I’m a noob to creating my own plugins, and I could use a hand. I’ve
only
developed basic rails apps, and several advanced J2EE apps. I
understand
how my plugin structure mirrors the rails app mvc in the base app, but
I’m
having trouble with creating my models. I created a new plugin via
“script/generate plugin projects_ranking”. I’d like to create the model
for
my database migration, but I don’t know the command for generating a
model
within a plugin? Where can I find documentation on generating models
within
a plugin?

thanks,
Todd


#2

Hey Todd, welcome to Rails plugin development. :slight_smile:

Basically, a model is just a class derived from ActiveRecord::Base, so,
the class file itself is just

class FooModel < ActiveRecord::Base

end

I don’t bother with script/generate for models, for this reason. It’s
too simple.

The hard part is then building the migration to set up the database
table foo_models. I’m assuming you’re familiar with migrations, so the
only tricky part is how you add them from a plugin.

Go to your plugin’s root directory, and add a directory ‘db’, then a
subdir of that named ‘migrate’. Add your migration(s) there.

Once you’re happy with your initial migration, go to your Rails root
dir, and run: ./script/generate plugin_migration

That will add a new migration in your main rails app (basically a
wrapper) for upgrading to add your plugin migration(s). You can check
out what is generated by going to RAILS_ROOT/db/migrate, and editing the
newly created file. It’s just a proxy call that asks the plugin to
migrate to a particular version.

Then rake db:migrate from your rails root like normal, and your new
schema is in place, and your new model will pull from it, and be
available throughout your app.

Cheers!

-Rob