Validating that end_date doesn't come before start_date

A user enters two dates. On before_save, I’m trying to validate that
the second date does not come before the first.

Assume that start_date and end_date are Datetime objects. If I call
the following method from the model on before_save, why is no error
added to end_date?

def assure_dates_in_order
start = Time.at(self.start_date)
last = Time.at(self.end_date)
if (start - last) > 0
errors.add(:base, “can’t come before start date”)
end
end

I know know that this code is quite ugly. I could not get the
Datetime objects to compare any other way.

Anyone who can make this code beautiful and functional is awesome.

If both are dates, this will work:

def assure_dates_in_order
errors.add_to_base(“can’t come before start date”) unless
self.start_date < self.end_date
end

knb wrote:

if (start - last) > 0


Sincerely,

William P.

btw, after looking at the way your error message reads, it looks like
you want this to appear on the “end_date” field. This would do that:

def assure_dates_in_order
errors.add(:end_date,“can’t come before start date”) unless
self.start_date < self.end_date
end

William P. wrote:

A user enters two dates. On before_save, I’m trying to validate that
errors.add(:base, “can’t come before start date”)


Sincerely,

William P.

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