Using "validates" in Model Question on Control Flow

I started with LoginGenerator and have evolved a nice little ACL model
that is perfect for my app. The user model has statements like the
following in the model file that control validation of some of the login

validates_length_of :login, :within => 3…40
validates_length_of :password, :within => 5…40
validates_presence_of :login, :password, :password_confirmation, :on =>
validates_uniqueness_of :login, :on => :create
validates_confirmation_of :password, :on => :create

My question is how do I get control when these fields fail with an
understanding of which validation clause failed?

My “new” view code runs and gets the fields for login then invokes
“create” in the controller. In the “create” method I am getting the
failure when I call the method to store the contents.

What I really want is to be able to tell the user what he screwed up and
return him to a partially filled out form in the “new” view so he can
fix the flawed fields. (user name too short, password confirm doesn’t
match, etc)

Thanks in advance.

rails provides a generic css file that has error classes that do exactly
what you want automatically. The file should be called “scaffold.css”.
Link to the css file in your “new” view then add this line at the top of
your “new” file:

<%= error_messages_for(@login) %>

Then be sure in your controller.rb file you use render instead of
redirect. So it would look something like this:

def login_create
#create the login record


#Save was successful

render :action => “login”
return false


This tutorial link is for RoR on OSX, but it goes over some of this too:

Good luck!

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