Chapter 9. Some Things You Can Do with Models

In This Chapter

  • Creating a Web site to store personal data

  • Viewing and modifying a Rails model

  • Programming for a model with Ruby

Here's a list of things that come in sets of three:

  • Stooges: Curly, Larry, Moe

  • The number of strikes until you're out: Strike one, Strike two, Strike three

  • Things that influence the price of a house: Location, Location, Location

  • Monkeys: See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil

  • People involved in a love triangle: Person 1, Person 2, Person 1's best friend

  • Books in the Hitchhiker's Guide “trilogy”: Guide, Restaurant, Universe, Fish, Harmless

  • Items that would be in this list, if the list were more concise: Stooges, Strikes, Houses

  • Parts of the Rails framework: Model, View, Controller

In case you missed it, the last item in the list is the most relevant. Chapter 5 deals with the view and the controller. This chapter covers the model — the supreme item in the Rails triumvirate.

To make the discussion concrete, this chapter uses one big example — a Web site that stores photographs.

A Web Site for Photos

Here's my completely unoriginal idea: Create a Web site that displays photos. Initially, each photo entry has its own filename and its own description. The filename refers to an image file on a hard drive. (For example, niagara_falls.jpg may be a filename.) The description tells you something about the photo. (“Alan beats me up on our trip to Niagara Falls with Mom and Dad watching in the background.”)

Niagara Falls?

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