Trouble linking models


#1

Class User < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :articles

class Article < ActiveRecord::Base
belongs_to :user

After a user posts an article, I want to include their username. I
presume I should just be able to use <%= article.user.screen_name %> in
the articles/index.
This give me:

You have a nil object when you didn’t expect it!
The error occurred while evaluating nil.screen_name


#2

Sean,
did you check your database? Is user_id filled up correctly?

tom

Sean S. wrote:

You have a nil object when you didn’t expect it!
The error occurred while evaluating nil.screen_name

Tomas Meinlschmidt, MS {MCT, MCP+I, MCSE, AER}, NetApp Filer/NetCache

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#3

I know this doesn’t help the core problem, but it might help in
debugging to set that column to ‘NOT NULL’ in your database, and set a
default value.


#4

I can get <%= article.user_id %> to print the id number of the user.
But when I try to use <%= article.user.screen_name %> I get the error:

You have a nil object when you didn’t expect it!
The error occurred while evaluating nil.screen_name


#5

Could this mean that the user_id field in the article table is filled in
but
there is no user with that id? Have a look in the database. I would
have
thought this might produce a different error though.

If the db is ok use the ruby debugger to break at that point and see
what
the variables are set to.

Colin

2009/5/17 Sean S. removed_email_address@domain.invalid