Hello everyone, I am developing a web app that is being used to track users and their associated events. Events could be like 'getting married', 'having a baby', 'buying a car', etc. and each event has a median age associated with it. For instance the getting married median age is 25. I have the application working with checkboxes where you can click edit on a user and see all the possible events listed and the events that are associated with that user have a check in the checkbox next to the event. See screen shot here: http://www.jonkinney.com/rails/Picture3.png I am using a join model called occurrence. the new task I am faced with is upon the creation of a new user I would like to auto associate all events with them based on the user's age and the ages defined in the events. Eventually I would like to have it so that you can be within 5 years on either side of the median age defined for the event and it will auto associate upon creation of a new user. Here is some of my code... I was trying to get it to work with a callback in the user model called 'before_save :assign_age_items' class User < ActiveRecord::Base has_many :occurrences, :dependent => :destroy #, :conditions => "enabled = 1" has_many :events, :through => :occurrences before_save :assign_age_items validates_uniqueness_of :username, :on => :create, :message => "must be unique" validates_presence_of :username, :on => :create, :message => "can't be blank" validates_presence_of :password, :on => :create, :message => "can't be blank" validates_presence_of :email, :on => :create, :message => "can't be blank" validates_presence_of :fname, :on => :create, :message => "can't be blank" validates_presence_of :lname, :on => :create, :message => "can't be blank" validates_presence_of :gender, :on => :create, :message => "can't be blank" ###### This doesn't work attr_reader :user def initialize(user) @user = user end ###### ####### This does work... def event_ids=(list) list ||=  occurrences.delete_all events << Event.find(list) end ####### ####### This doesn't work... assigning user's default age specific items when first created... def assign_age_items year = Time.now.year birthyear = @user.dob.year age = year - birthyear events << Events.find_by_age(age) end USER CONTROLLER...relevant code def new @user = User.new end def create @user = User.new(params[:user]) if @user.save flash[:notice] = 'User was successfully created.' redirect_to :action => 'list' else render :action => 'new' end end I am trying to figure out how I can calculate the age of the user that is trying to sign up and then associate some events with them so that when they first view their home screen there are already some events that they MIGHT be interested in and then if they don't want that info they can still manually edit it and remove the default events. Similarly if they want info that wasn't initially suggested for them they will have the ability to search and add events manually (I have that working already I just can't get the association upon creation). Any insight into using the def initialize and how to pass parameters to it or whatever I need to do would be greatly appreciated. Also I'm confused what to do in my user_controller with the def new and the def create. What is the difference? Should I be making those one method? Thanks! -Jon
on 2007-03-22 17:47
on 2007-03-23 15:32
Anyone have anything on this? Thanks in advance...
on 2007-03-23 16:21
You might want to look into ActiveRecord's callbacks or Observers. :) RSL
on 2007-03-24 18:47
I understand I should be using a callback, in fact I am using one in the code that I provided for this post. I'm using the before_save callback to well call back a function called 'def assign_age_items' My problem is that I don't know how to get the into out of the user that just passed their info via the params. My function 'def assign_age_items' looks like this def assign_age_items year = Time.now.year birthyear = @user.dob.year age = year - birthyear events << Events.find_by_age(age) end I just want to be able to associate all events that are within the target user's age to the user. I'm probably going about this all wrong but ActiveRecord is still my biggest stumbling block with Rails. I've read literally all the Pragmatic books and I understand most of the stuff but anytime I want to deviate from a tutorial I find myself clueless as to how to get ActiveRecord to do something that I don't have an exact code example of. Thanks, -Jon