Although this application is approaching the point beyond which much generated code becomes more of a hassle than a help, it makes sense to create one last round of scaffolding, replacing the application from the previous chapter. After this, we’ll work within the same application for a while, as this kind of tearing down and rebuilding is only a good idea at the very, very beginning of a project.
To get started, create a new application. Move or rename the old guestbook application
to get it out of the way, and then run
Then, run the following clunky mess from the command line at the top level of the newly
script/generate scaffold Person name:string secret:string country:string
email:string description:text can_send_email:boolean graduation_year:integer
body_temperature:float price:decimal birthday:date favorite_time:datetime
This kind of long list of data structures in the scaffolding is annoying. It’s hard to type, and what’s worse, if you find that you made a mistake after you’ve already modified the generated code, you have a painful choice.
You can either rerun the scaffolding generation and lose all your changes to the logic, or you can modify the migration, the model, and the views by hand. Rails scaffolding generators just overwrite the old code—there’s no support for more subtle fixes.
Neither of these is a fun way to fix a typo, so remember: when you first generate scaffolding, it’s easier to get ...