How to check if values of tables are within range?

Hi,

Does anyone know how can I check if the data in one column of the table
is with in the range of data in another column of another table?

Example:

Valid Numbers: 1 2 3 4

(number keyed in my number must be within the range of the valid
numbers?)

(within range, data will be saved into the database)
my number: 1 2 3

(not within range, a validation error box will pop up)
my number: 7 8 9

Thanks

Perhaps:

validates_inclusion_of :numbers,
:in => OtherTable.find(:all).map {|n| n.valid_number}

…maybe. That’s if your OtherTable has columns id and valid_number.
If you could get valid number ranges from a non-database source, it
might be easier:

VALID_NUMBERS = 1…3
validates_inclusion_of :numbers,
:in => VALID_NUMBERS

I haven’t tried this, so take it with a grain of salt.

-Kyle

On Apr 24, 4:50 am, user splash [email protected]

Kyle wrote:

Perhaps:

validates_inclusion_of :numbers,
:in => OtherTable.find(:all).map {|n| n.valid_number}

…maybe. That’s if your OtherTable has columns id and valid_number.
If you could get valid number ranges from a non-database source, it
might be easier:

VALID_NUMBERS = 1…3
validates_inclusion_of :numbers,
:in => VALID_NUMBERS

I haven’t tried this, so take it with a grain of salt.

-Kyle

On Apr 24, 4:50 am, user splash [email protected]

Thanks Kyle. I used validates_inclusion_of :numbers, :in =>
OtherTable.find(:all).map {|n| n.valid_number} in my model and it works.
But this is not exactly what I was looking for. Is there a way to
achieve the following example?

Example:

Valid Numbers: 1 2 4 8

(number keyed in my number must be within the range of the valid
numbers? Meaning that if I key in numbers that are not in the valid
numbers field, there will be an error)

(within range, data will be saved into the database)
my number: 4 8

(not within range, a validation error box will pop up)
my number: 3 7

Thanks

What does your valid numbers table look like? Is there one entry per
valid number, or do you have one field with space-delimited values?
What are the column names?

I don’t think that you mean “range” as in 1…8, unless I’m
misunderstanding. You want to check to see if each digit (or number,
if you’re allowing numbers over 9) is included in the valid numbers
list, right?

How does the user enter a number? One at a time? Space-delimited?
Single-digit only? In multiple fields?

What is being saved? One number? Anything enterd?

Perhaps giving the actual application of this would help me
understand. It all makes a difference.

-Kyle

On Apr 24, 8:24 pm, user splash [email protected]

Kyle wrote:

What does your valid numbers table look like? Is there one entry per
valid number, or do you have one field with space-delimited values?
What are the column names?

I don’t think that you mean “range” as in 1…8, unless I’m
misunderstanding. You want to check to see if each digit (or number,
if you’re allowing numbers over 9) is included in the valid numbers
list, right?

How does the user enter a number? One at a time? Space-delimited?
Single-digit only? In multiple fields?

What is being saved? One number? Anything enterd?

Perhaps giving the actual application of this would help me
understand. It all makes a difference.

-Kyle

On Apr 24, 8:24 pm, user splash [email protected]

Hi,

My valid number is a field with space-delimited values. Yes your right.
I want to check to see if each digit (or number, if you’re allowing
numbers over 9) is included in the valid numbers list. When saved, the
space-delimited values in the valid number field will be saved in to one
column in the table.

Thanks

…first table…
id(primary key) integer
valid_number integer

…second table…
id (primary key) integer
my_number integer

…first model…

validates_presence_of :valid_number
validates_numericality_of :valid_number

…second model…

validates_presence_of :my_number
validates_numericality_of :my_number
validates_inclusion_of :my_number, :in => First.find(:all).map {|n|
n.valid_number}

…first controller…

def valid_number
@valid_number=ValidNumber.new
end

def save_valid_number
@valid_number=ValidNumber.new(params[:valid_number])
if @valid_number.save
redirect_to :action => ‘list’
flash[:notice] = ‘Valid number was successfully created.’
else
render :action => ‘valid_number’
end
end

…second controller…

def my_number
@my_number=MyNumber.new
end

def save_my_number
@my_number=MyNumber.new(params[:my_number])
if @my_number.save
redirect_to :action => ‘list’
flash[:notice] = ‘My number was successfully created.’
else
render :action => ‘my_number’
end
end

…first.rhtml…

<%= error_messages_for ‘valid_number’ %>

Create Valid Number

<% form_tag({:action => :save_valid_number, :id => :valid_number},
{:onsubmit => ‘return validateValidNumberForm(this); return false;’}) do
%>

Valid Number: <%= text_field :first ,:valid_number %>

<%= button_to "Create", :action => :save_valid_number, :id => :valid_number %> <% end %>

…second rhtml…

<%= error_messages_for ‘my_number’ %>

Create My Number

<% form_tag({:action => :save_my_number, :id => :my_number}, {:onsubmit
=> ‘return validateMyNumberForm(this); return false;’}) do %>

My Number: <%= text_field :second ,:my_number %>

<%= button_to "Create", :action => :save_my_number, :id => :my_number %> <% end %>

user splash wrote:

Hi,

My valid number is a field with space-delimited values. Yes your right.
I want to check to see if each digit (or number, if you’re allowing
numbers over 9) is included in the valid numbers list. When saved, the
space-delimited values in the valid number field will be saved in to one
column in the table.

Thanks

Help needed.

Thanks

OK, I don’t think that you’re actually using space-delimited values as
the valid numbers; otherwise, :validates_numericality_of would fail
(if you supplied it with “1 3 5 7 9” or something like that). Still,
if that really is what you have, then you’ll have to change “1 3 5 7
9” into an array:

valid_numbers_array = “1 3 5 7 9”.split(" ")

Of course, you’d have to get “1 3 5 7 9” through
ValidNumber.find(:first) (if they’re all stored in ValidNumber id 1).

That sounds crazy to me, though, and I’m going to assume that you
actually have a valid_numbers table that looks like this:

id | valid_number
1 | 1
2 | 3
3 | 5
4 | 7
5 | 9

In that case, you’d get your array by doing
ValidNumber.find(:all).map{|vn| vn.valid_number}

If you supplied one number at a time into your “second rhtml” instead
of putting “2 4 6 8 10”, you could check for valid numbers by doing:

validates_inclusion_of :my_number, :in => ValidNumber.find(:all).map {|
n| n.valid_number}

Now, if you really want to be able to supply a bunch of space-
delimited numbers and have them each checked against the valid
numbers, you’ll have to iterate through each of them, and I don’t know
if there’s an exact syntax for that. If the supplied numbers were “2
4 6 8 10”, you would essentially have to do:

supplied_numbers.split(" ").each {|sn| validates_inclusion_of sn, :in
=> ValidNumber.find(:all).map {|n| n.valid_number}

But again, I don’t think that this is valid. I’m also not sure what
you’re doing in your second rhtml file. If you’re working with a
model, use form_for, not form_tag, and then use submit_tag instead of
button_to. You shouldn’t be trying to pass the :id of the number that
you haven’t created yet, either.

What are you really doing? Is this part of an app that has a bigger
story or point, or is this an exercise to help you learn?

-Kyle

On Apr 27, 9:51 pm, user splash [email protected]

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