How to dynamically add more rows and submit data

Let’s assume that I am trying to build an application where the user can
enter invoice.

In the app the user can add lines items. Each line item has decription,
date, rate and hours.

When the invoice screen comes up the first time I have one blank row for
the
line items.

    <tr>
        <th>Description</th>
        <th>Date</th>
        <th>Hours </th>
        <th>Rate </th>
    </tr>

    <tr>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','desc-1' %></td>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','date-1' %></td>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','hours-1'%></td>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','rate-1' ></td>
    </tr>

Now the user wants to add another line. Using ajax I create one more
row.

    <tr>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','desc-2' %></td>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','date-2' %></td>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','hours-2'%></td>
        <td><%= text_field 'lineitem','rate-2' ></td>
    </tr>

But the problem is that the model Lineitem has following attributes:
desc,date,hours and rate.

What is the best way to handle such cases. I don’t want to have items
like
desc-1 and rate-2.

Thanks.

Neeraj K. wrote:

        <th>Description</th>
    </tr>

But the problem is that the model Lineitem has following attributes:
desc,date,hours and rate.

What is the best way to handle such cases. I don’t want to have items
like desc-1 and rate-2.

You want <%= text_field :lineitem, :desc, :index => i %>, which is
sort of equivalent to <%= text_field_tag “lineitem[#{i}][desc]” %>,
giving you suitable sets of lineitem attributes in numbered keys
of the lineitem hash in params.

An alternative is <%= text_field_tag ‘lineitem[desc][]’ %>, etc.,
which will give you a set of attribute arrays that you can collate
into objects in your controller. The advantage of this approach
is that there’s no numbering involved, which makes it easier to
avoid using AJAX and simply add the new row using a Javascript/DOM
clone of an existing one – much more responsive for the user.


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