I can’t figure this out.
Imagine a Ticket object and this object has_many LineItems
Now, my ticket edit form will allow user to modify Ticket attributes
and add/modify/delete LineItems at will.
So the edit action sends the LineItems to the form and what comes back
could be LineItems in any which way/order or even no LineItems.
With that in mind, I thought, okay, well, I better hold on to the
original list of line items somehow in case validation of the Ticket
item fails. (no validation of the individual line items, we just throw
away the ones that have a blank “item” attribute, but the main ticket
attributes do have some validation happening)
In the update controller method I wanted to:
store original line_items in an array or maybe a hash doesn’t matter
take the new line items from the form hash and “build” them on to the
so, now I have a line_items list that is the original list + what just
got added from the form
then, if the Ticket validates,
take that original line_items list and delete from ticket’s current
line_items which again is original list + what got added from the form
the problem is, no matter what I do, I can’t seem to save the
original_line_items so they don’t get touched when processing the
line_items from the form
At the very beginning of the update controller method I have:
@ticket = Ticket.find(params[:id])
@line_items = @ticket.line_items
I think my problem is that I don’t understand what is happening here.
I thought this said:
- ok, look up the ticket you want to work on, and here’s the original
line_items for the ticket.
- now manipulate those via the params from the form …
I tried stuff like:
orig_line_items = @ticket.line_items
orig_line_items = Array.new(@line_items)
but no luck, no matter what I do, as soon as I start working with
@line_items and the params from the form, orig_line_items seems to get
I know this because if I start with a ticket with zero LineItems (from
script/console I look up the ticket, assign its line items to an array
called orig_line_items and then say “is that array empty”, answer =>
but in my controller, even if I added no line_items via the form
@orig_line_items.empty? ----- this is always false, 100% of time, no
matter what happened with the form
I’m not understanding a basic form processing concept here I think.
Here’s an example of what the form returns, this is good, looks
exactly as I expect/want
06 Dec 2008 20:26:29 +0000,
06 Dec 2008 20:32:41 GMT +00:00,