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Submitting Data To Two Different Tables With Two Different Models (or How To Modify Multiple Models From One Form)

03.09.2006
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        Taken from Norman Timmler's example on the ruby on rails mailing list.


Take two text fields for example:
# view
<%= form_tag :controller => :posts, :action => create %>
 <%= text_field("post", "title", "size" => 20) %>
 <%= text_field("user", "email", "size" => 20) %>
<%= end_form_tag %>
# posts_controller
class PostsController < ApplicationController
 def create
   @post = Post.create(params[:post])
   @user = User.create(params[:user])
   @post.users << @user
 end
end

In the controller the params hash has one key for every object (user,
post) in your form. As a values of this key you find a hash having a
key-value pair for every object attribute (title, email).

This way you can submit multiple objects via one form.