I'm trying to set a date field's day to the last day of the month before I save it. I can do this successfully now using this code: class Account < ActiveRecord::Base def before_save self.exp_date = last_day_of_month(self.exp_date) end # Returns a Date object set to the last day of the current month def last_day_of_month(date = Date.today) next_month_str = date.year.to_s + '-' + (date.month + 1).to_s + '-01' Date.parse(next_month_str) - 1 end end However, this is Ruby on Rails, and I'm trying to break all my old programming habits like making ugly code, and this looks ugly. Is there a way to make this into some kind of plugin so that all I have to do is say: class Account < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_expiration_date :exp_date end and it will automatically do what I want behind the scenes? Thanks! Mike
on 2006-06-08 18:17
on 2006-06-08 18:33
Mike Haggerty wrote: > class Account < ActiveRecord::Base > acts_as_expiration_date :exp_date > end Try looking at other acts_as_* plugins and see how they work.
on 2006-06-08 20:36
if you are onyl using this for account models, a plugin is going to be overkill...why not just do: class Account < ActiveRecord::Base before_create :set_expiry_date # other methods private # set the expiry date def set_expiry_date self.exp_date = Time.now.end_of_month.to_date.to_s end end ex: >> Time.now.end_of_month.to_date.to_s => "2006-06-30" note: if you use before_save, every time you save the record, whether it's a new record or an update, the expiry date will be updated to reflect the last day of the current month...in my example, I used before_create to indicate i only want the expiry date set when a new record is created. Chris