Relationships not working

I’ve just stated programming with Ruby on Rails a few days ago. I’m
trying to set up a simple Blog. To this point I have a Posts.rb model
and controller and a comments.rb model and controller with a “has_many
:comments” in posts.rb and a “belongs_to :posts” in comments.rb.
Furthermore, the comments table has a post_id column of type integer (Am
I right in that this is supposed to be automatically assigned the id of
the post p when p.comment.new() is called?).

However, in the ruby console after assigning a post object to p (>> p =
Posts.find(1)) the command

p.comment.new(:author => ‘me’, :content => ‘Enter all the content you desire here…’)

returns the error:
NoMethodError: undefined method comment' for #<Posts:0x19673f4> from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/attribute_methods.rb:260:inmethod_missing’
from (irb):4

I get the same error when I use p.comment.create and p.comment.build
When I execute

p.comments.new(:author => ‘me’, :content => ‘Enter all the content you desire here…’)

I get the error:
NameError: uninitialized constant Posts::Comment
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activesupport-2.3.3/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:105:in
const_missing' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/base.rb:2199:incompute_type’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activesupport-2.3.3/lib/active_support/core_ext/kernel/reporting.rb:11:in
silence_warnings' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/base.rb:2195:incompute_type’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/reflection.rb:156:in
send' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/reflection.rb:156:inklass’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/reflection.rb:187:in
quoted_table_name' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations/has_many_association.rb:96:inconstruct_sql’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations/association_collection.rb:21:in
initialize' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations.rb:1265:innew’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations.rb:1265:in
`comments’
from (irb):7

What am I doing wrong? Is there another method I’m supposed to be
coding? Are there more steps to creating a relationship other than 1)add
has_many to the parent, 2) add belongs_to to the child and 3)ensure
childl has a parent_id column?

Thanks you for any help you an give me! I’ve been trying to look on
forumns but haven’t yet found someone with the same problem…


CODE:

posts.rb
class Posts < ActiveRecord::Base
validates_presence_of :title, :byline, :content, :author
has_many :comments
end

posts_controller.rb
class PostsController < ApplicationController
def index

end
def new
    @post = Posts.new(params[:posts])
    if request.post? and @post.save
        flash[:notice] = 'Post submission succeeded'
        redirect_to :action => 'index'
    end
end

end

comments.rb
class Comments < ActiveRecord::Base
belongs_to :posts
end

comments_controller.rb
class CommentsController < ApplicationController
def index

end
def new
    @comment = Comments.new(params[:comments])
    if request.post? and @comment.save
        flash[:notice] = 'Comment submission succeeded'
    end
end

end

On Aug 9, 10:40 pm, Audrina S. [email protected]
wrote:

However, in the ruby console after assigning a post object to p (>> p =
Posts.find(1)) the command

p.comment.new(:author => ‘me’, :content => ‘Enter all the content you desire here…’)

You association is called comments so you need to write p.comments.
The method is called build (not new) so p.comments.build(…). You
should also watch your singulars/plurals: class names should be
singular or weird stuff may happen further down the line.

Fred

Frederick C. wrote:

You association is called comments so you need to write p.comments.
The method is called build (not new) so p.comments.build(…). You
should also watch your singulars/plurals: class names should be
singular or weird stuff may happen further down the line.

I tried the following but still got errors:

p.comments.build(:author => ‘me’, :content => ‘Whatever content…’)
NameError: uninitialized constant Posts::Comment
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activesupport-2.3.3/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:105:in
const_missing' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/base.rb:2199:incompute_type’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activesupport-2.3.3/lib/active_support/core_ext/kernel/reporting.rb:11:in
silence_warnings' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/base.rb:2195:incompute_type’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/reflection.rb:156:in
send' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/reflection.rb:156:inklass’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/reflection.rb:187:in
quoted_table_name' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations/has_many_association.rb:96:inconstruct_sql’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations/association_collection.rb:21:in
initialize' from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations.rb:1265:innew’
from
/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/associations.rb:1265:in
`comments’
from (irb):8

Even though you said I should use comments when that didn’t work I
thought I’d try comment again but I still got an error:

p.comment.build(:author => ‘me’, :content => ‘Whatever content…’)
NoMethodError: undefined method comment' for #<Posts:0x19673f4> from /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.3.3/lib/active_record/attribute_methods.rb:260:inmethod_missing’
from (irb):9

Am I formatting the parameters for the build method correctly? I didn’t
know that it mattered what I called my class names… Since I have
already created them both plural, how would I go about renaming them?
Would I have to start all over?

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