First of all, I wanted to give a harty "thank you" to James Adams for creating rails engines, which seems like a very natural way to increase codesharing and productivity. My question is how have people implemented different types of users in their Web applications? As for my application, I use single table inheritance in order to derive several different types of users, such as "moderators," "editors," etc ... For example, let's say that I want to create a moderator. I define a new moderator class and Controller like so: class Moderator < User end class ModeratorController < UserController end My problem with this is that since several functions such as "login," "signup" and others directly call the User class. I cannot simply inherit the ModeratorController from UserController without overriding everyone of these functions and changing every instance of "User" with "Moderator" I think there must be a simple and elegant solution to this. Any suggestions?
on 2006-01-11 18:35
on 2006-01-11 22:09
Hi Daniel - See my reply on the Rails list to this. Cheers - james