INSERT a rercord in another model

Hi all,

i have the following:
In the products controller, i need to insert (if it doesn´t exist) the
supplier_id in the products table.
The reason for this is that when a user is entering a new product, and
there isn´t a supplier listed in the select list, it must be included
“in the same form”.

am really lost on how to do that.

flaubert wrote:

Hi all,

i have the following:
In the products controller, i need to insert (if it doesn�t exist) the
supplier_id in the products table.
The reason for this is that when a user is entering a new product, and
there isn�t a supplier listed in the select list, it must be included
“in the same form”.

am really lost on how to do that.

Is your problem that you do not have all of your valid supplier ids
listed in the select list on the product/new view or that the supplier
does not exist in the control table (suppliers for instance)? These are
two very different problems.

the second option…

On 3 maio, 21:32, James B. [email protected]

yeah if they enter a supplier that doesn’t exist then create it later
[in the action] or immediately using ajax, I’d imagine.
-R

I take it that the person entering the product data is not necessarily
aware that the supplier they are using is not already on file. The
question is, how does the system determine that instance in your design?
In other words, what is entered on the product screen that would tell
the controller that the vendor supplier is not yet on file. Row IDs are
typically auto-assigned so it seems a dubious proposition that entering
a supplier_id not already in the suppliers table is the trigger.

i want to create the supplier immediately using ajax, but how??
Where can I found some examples? what about the supplier form inside
the product form?

If your user has the name of the supplier but the supplier does not
exist in the suppliers table, you might be able to use autocomplete.
Check out http://railscasts.com. There was a decent screencast on it
recently.

flaubert wrote:

i want to create the supplier immediately using ajax, but how??
Where can I found some examples? what about the supplier form inside
the product form?

I think that it would be useful to step back in the process and sketch
out what the user has to work with and how this is presented to the
system. Questions that come to mid for me are:

How come the product data to be entered? Is this upon receipt of goods
or in anticipation of an order? How does one come to possess or order
goods from an previously unknown supplier? Is there a procedural
problem that needs addressing in the business model first?

What supplier information does the user possess? What is unique to the
supplier? Are supplier codes separate from the surrogate id value
assigned? If so then by whom and how are they controlled? If codes are
not used then how are duplicate supplier entries prevented? Must the
supplier name be unique? Do we have address information? Accounting
information? Federal and state tax numbers? Contact information?

Before one decides on what and how to add supplier records a bit of time
spent on determining on when, why and who seems in order.

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