User defined model and validations?


I am trying to wrap my head around an idea and would appreciate any
input from rails geniuses out there

I would like to allow an admin user to define data that should be in a
template, and then allow regular users to create instances of this
template and have it validated. ie:

  • Template would have name, files and then x many fields of say “Text
    max length 20 chars”, “Image size 50x50”, “Text 10 chars, not
    required” etc.
  • After the template is defined, end user would load it and save
    implementations of that template.

The template would be easy to create say template has_many
template_fields. But how can I load this template, validate it’s data
and save the instances in another table(s)?

This would be similar to say allowing the admin to define their own
forms/fields/validations in the database, then saving instances of
these forms. It seems like this would be a fairly common problem, any
ideas on this? Is there some type of plugin that might help?

Thanks for any help