Problems with belongs_to table joins


I am looking for a little assistance with a problem I have with a simple
table join using Rails. I am a relative newbie to both Ruby and Rails so
any help would be greatly appreciated . I have two tables products and

create table products (
id int not null auto_increment,
title varchar(100) not null,
product_format_id integer references product_formats(id),
description text not null,
image_url varchar(200) not null,
products_quantity int(11) not null,
products_status enum(‘0’,‘1’) not null,
available_from date,
cost_price decimal(10,2) not null,
retail_price decimal(10,2) not null,
primary key(id)

class Product < ActiveRecord::Base

validates_presence_of :title
validates_numericality_of :retail_price, :cost_price

has_and_belongs_to_many :artists
has_and_belongs_to_many :labels
has_and_belongs_to_many :genres

belongs_to :product_formats


create table product_formats (
id int not null auto_increment,
format varchar(30),
primary key(id)

class ProductFormat < ActiveRecord::Base

I have successfully created many to many table joins and they are
working fine. But alas I can quite stumped on how to get a one to many
join working ok.

I would just like to list out the products and (where the type is
specified their type)

def testlist
@products = Product.find(:all)

As far as I know the above will select all the products from the table
and the belongs_to method will automagically create the method


so in theory I should be able to list product information like so

<%=product.title%> <%=product.product_format_id%>

However, I keep getting the following error, which is presumably
indicating that the join hasn’t occured. Indeed looking in the
development.log I can’t see any join or select from the table

undefined method `product_format’ for #Product:0xb789c580

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?


class ProductFormat < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :products


Michael T. wrote:

class ProductFormat < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :products

Thanks, but to be honest I had tried that as well, but as far as I can
tell from other working applications this isn’t always necessary.
Either way, I have added this my product_format.rb model and its still
giving the same error :S