I am currently creating a small app that can be simplified as follows: An Album that has_many AlbumTracks An AlbumTrack that belongs_to an Album The user will create a new album - that is - not currently saved in the database. They will then add tracks to the album with an inline form that will update the existing display, appending the track to the list of tracks. It is important that the Album record has not yet been saved for usability purposes, as the user may decide to abort the creation, which could be as simple as closing their browser, and incomplete albums should not be stored in the database. Additionally, during track insertion, the user must be able to reorder the tracks, using the sortable_element scriptaculous helper. Again before the saving of the record. My thoughts on implementing this have been to use a session array to store the track listings in, and then copying this tracklist array to the main Album object on save/update. Is this the best way to achieve this? I am aware that I could simply use an html text_field array, which would be fine for the initial insertion of the content, but could potentially cause problems on an edit, whereby certain Tracks may have been allocated an ID in the database from a previous save, and new Tracks will not have an allocated ID. Does anyone have any thoughts on this, or better still - a solution! :) Kind Regards, Matt p.s. the actual webapp is not an album and tracklist project, but that is probably the simplest way I can describe my requirement - please dont point me to the album/tracklist howto, as its not relevant!
on 2007-06-07 21:09