Ruby on Rails Friday, May 31, 2013

Dave Castellano wrote in post #1110796:
> Hi,
> I'm learning rails and have run into what for me is a difficult problem.
> I have the following associations with a galleries_pictures and a
> pictures_questions join table:
> class Picture < ActiveRecord::Base
> has_and_belongs_to_many :questions
> has_and_belongs_to_many :galleries
> class Question < ActiveRecord::Base
> has_and_belongs_to_many :pictures
> class Gallery < ActiveRecord::Base
> has_and_belongs_to_many :pictures
> In the edit question view, a question and its associated picture(s) can
> be edited. My problem is, I cannot figure out how to delete the picture
> in the question and at the same time not delete it from the gallery ie
> delete the pictures_questions association but not the
> galleries_pictures association.
> The action called from the view deletes the row in both join tables:
> def destroy
> @picture = Picture.find(params[:id])
> @picture.destroy
> Thanks!

Here you are destroying the picture object so naturally Rails will
manage the associations automatically. What you want to do instead is
to delete the association not the actual picture object.

There are a couple of ways to do this. But, you do not wan to use the
destroy action on pictures_controller. That action should be used to
destroy pictures not associations.

Option 1—Expose the join model and manage the association with standard
REST destroy action on the association model:

class Picture < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :question_pictures
has_many :questions, :through => :question_pictures

class Question < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :question_pictures
has_many :pictures, :through => :question_pictures

class QuestionPicture < ActiveRecord::Base
belongs_to :question
belongs_to :picture

def destroy
question_picture = QuestionPicture.find(params[:id])

Option 2—Add an additional RESTful action to questions_controller

resources :questions do
  delete 'remove_picture', :on => :member

def remove_picture
question = Question.find(:id)
picture =[:picture_id])

Example URL:

P.S. None of this code has been tested. Just wrote it by memory.

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