Please help!



I’m very new to Ruby and to Rails and I’m trying to get to grips with
it. One of things I’m trying to do is to build a very simple web
application where, essentially, people can look up films and post
reviews about the films.

I’ve created a database in MySQL with a Reviews table which includes
table columns: id, review_text, person_id and film_id. id is the
primary key, Person_id and film_id are foreign keys that I’m trying to
pass into that table.

Can anyone please, please tell me what syntax I need to use in the
VIEW in order to pass all of the data to the controller and save it in
the database? Some of my code is below - I haven’t yet built a person
login so I’ve simply assigned a person_id. I’ve seem to have tried
every random bit of syntax I can think of and review_text gets submitted
but I can’t pass person_id or film_id so it won’t save in the database.


<%= %>
<%= = 22 %>

<%= start_form_tag :action => "create_review", :id => @film %>
	<p><b>Review it:</b></p>
	<p><%= text_area "review", "review_text" %></p>
	<%# "film_id" = %>
	<%# "person_id" = %>
	<%= submit_tag "create" %>


def add_review
#@review = (params[:review])
@person =
@film = Film.find(params[:id])

def create_review
@review =[:review])
flash[:notice] = ‘review was successfully created.’
redirect_to :action => ‘view_review’
else render :action => ‘new_review’


Hi Daniel -

For starters I don’t see in your form how your film_id and person_id
are going to get passed into the action since they’re not form fields
(and they’re commented out). Your scenario is kind of half baked at
the moment but to help in getting it working at the minimum you should
have those two id fields stored in a field
in rails you do this with:
hidden_field(:variable, :attribute, options)

Also I’m not sure why you’re start_form_tag has an :id => @film in it.
That’s not doing anything but I’m not sure what you were trying to

I would also suggest that you actually create the model objects that
you’re going to be using in the real world so you’re not creating
problems due to an unimplemented model.
script/generate scaffold will make this very easy to test.



Hi, Daniel,

IMHO you’re approaching this thing from the wrong side. Why are you
working on the review-component while your film-component seems to be
not up at all? In your design a film seems to be the central model. You
should model a film- and a review-model as it is explained on the
community sites or in Agile Web D. with rails. A film then
should have a one to many relationship to the review-model. Once you’ve
got this up you might create some test-data through the scaffolded
admin-view and then you might add reviews to that film. This is exactly
the same as DHH does in the introduction video with articles (~films)
and comments (~reviews), so just have a look at that video and you
should get the idea.



On 30.11.2005, at 15.19, Michael E. wrote:

Also I’m not sure why you’re start_form_tag has an :id => @film in it.
That’s not doing anything but I’m not sure what you were trying to

Actually, it does. It passes the id of the @film to the receiving
action so that it can be used as params[:id]. This all assuming that
the @film is a valid and saved Film object. So when using this you
won’t have to use a hidden field for the film id.



Couldn’t the form tag be written

<%= form_remote_tag :url => { :action => :someControllerMethod,
:filmid=>, :personid=> }%>

That should allow you to refer to params[:filmid] and params[:personid]
in the controller.



Michael beat me to the answer, but I’d just like to throw in an extra
two pieces of advice:

  1. Email subject lines should describe the subject of your email. A
    subject like “PLEASE HELP!” might not get read by the right person
    where a subject like “How do I pass data from views to controllers?”

  2. Use <%= end_form_tag %> to close your form.


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Thanks very much all. I think I’ll watch the video first and then
try each of the various suggestions in turn. As I said, I’m very new
to rails and still have very little clue what I’m doing but I guess I’ll
learn by trying.

Thanks again,