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Day 36 - #100DaysofCode - Rails form_for versus form_tag

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#100DaysofCode (65 Part Series)

1) Day 1 of #100DaysofCode - Understanding Iterators 2) Day 2: #100DaysofCode - I updated to Catalina and All HELL Broke Loose 3 ... 63 3) Day 3: #100DaysofCode - Oh No, SQL 4) Day 4: #100DaysofCode - More Iterators 5) Day 5 - #100DaysofCode - Setting up a Sinatra App 6) Day 6 : #100DaysofCode - Setting up a Sinatra App : Part 2 - Config.ru 7) Day 7: #100DaysofCode - Setting up a Sinatra App - Part 3 8) Day 8: #100DaysofCode - Setting up Sinatra Database - Part 4 9) Day 9: #100DaysofCode - ActiveRecord and a Database 10) Day 10: #100DaysofCode - ActiveRecord and a Database 11) Day 11 : #100DaysofCode - RESTful Routes 12) Day 12: #100DaysofCode and Day 1 of #Javascript30 13) Day 13 - #100DaysofCode - #Javascript30 - Day 2 - CSS + JS Clock 14) Day 14: #100DaysofCode - Finalized my Sinatra Project -Security 15) #Day 15: #100DaysofCode - View my Sinatra Project 16) Day 16 - #100DaysofCode - Understanding MVC 17) Day 17 : #100DaysofCode - Knowing your Ruby Version & what Errno::EADDRINUSE means is important! 18) Day 18 of #100daysofCode - 3 challenges 19) Day 19 of #100daysofCode - Hashes 101 20) Day 20: #100DaysofCode - Practice makes perfect 21) Day 21 : #100DaysofCode - Cascading Style Sheets 101 22) Day 22 - #100daysofCode - CSS 101 Part 2 23) Day 23 - #100DaysofCode - Updated My Portfolio 24) Day 24 - #100DaysofCode - Practicing CSS Grid and Emmet Shortcuts on VSCode 25) Day 25 - #100DaysofCode - Intro to Rails 26) Day 26 - #100DaysofCode - Accessing Rails Commands 27) Day 27 : #100DaysofCode - Still reviewing the basic rails concepts . . . 28) Day 28 : #100DaysofCode - Adding Dev.to blogs to personal page 29) Day 29 : #100DaysofCode - Very Simple Rails App CRUD Practice 30) Day 30 : #100DaysofCode - Very basic rails continued 31) Day 31 - #100DaysofCode - Rails Routes 101 32) Day 32 : #100DaysofCode - Resources for learning to code 33) Day 33 - #100DaysofCode - Setting up my app on Heroku 34) Day 34 - #100DaysofCode - New/edit action versus create/update action 35) Day 35 : #100DaysofCode - A Code Challenge Completed 36) Day 36 - #100DaysofCode - Rails form_for versus form_tag 37) Day 37 : #100DaysofCode - 30 seconds of code 38) Day 38 - #100DaysofCode - Built my first basic rails application 39) Day 39 : #100DaysofCode - I updated my github profile page 40) Day 40 : #100DaysofCode - I need project ideas 41) Day 41 : #100DaysofCode - Collaboration 42) Day 42 : #100DaysofCode - The Planning of a Project 43) Day 43 : #100DaysofCode - The Amazing Faker Gem 44) Day 44 : #100DaysofCode - Code or Youtube? 45) Day 45 : #100DaysofCode - Basic Nested Forms 46) Day 46 : #100DaysofCode - Still reviewing form_for 47) Day 47 : #100DaysofCode - How do you code? 48) Day 48 : #100DaysofCode - Code Along 49) Day 49 : #100DaysofCode - Still Coding Along 50) Day 50 : #100DaysofCode - Keep Coding Along 51) Day 51 : #100DaysofCode - Code Along 52) Day 52 : #100DaysofCode - No Wifi, No Problem 53) Day 53: #100DaysofCode - Created user log in and log out functionality 54) Day 54 : #100DaysofCode -Review on setting up log in & sign up 55) Day 55 : #100DaysofCode - In Need of Advice on Reading Poorly Written Documentation 56) Day 56 : #100DaysofCode - A Tweet - Devise - Users 57) Day 57 : 100DaysofCode - Remembering to Git Commit Often 58) Day 58 : #100DaysofCode - Beginning to Learn Python 59) Day 59 : #100DaysofCode - Focused on My Rails Project 60) Day 60 : #100DaysofCode - CSS in Rails 61) Day 61 : #100DaysofCode - Omniauth? 62) Day 62 : #100DaysofCode - Sign in using a Third Party, Rails 63) Day 63 : #100DaysofCode - Refactoring 64) Day 64 : #100DaysofCode - Still Playing Around With OmniAuth 65) Day 65 : #100DaysofCode - Second Rails Project - I Want to Try Self-Referencing Tables

Below is my understanding of form_for versus the form_tag

form_tag

  • form_tag creates a form.
  • form_tag can be used to create form without a model object by passing a URL to submit the form.
  • form_tag is used when we have to create a form without any model object providing URL endpoint to submit the form.

Below is an example on how to use a form_tag :

<%= form_tag("/todos") do %>
  <%= label_tag('todo[title]', "Title") %>
  <%= text_field_tag('todo[title]') %>

  <%= label_tag('todo[content]', "Content") %>
  <%= text_field_tag('todo[content]') %>

  <%= submit_tag "Create Todo" %>
<% end %>

This will build a form and auto generate the following HTML:

<form accept-charset="UTF-8" action="/todos" method="POST">
  <label for="todo_title">Title</label>
  <input id="todo_title" name="todo[title]" type="text">
  <label for="todo_content">Content</label>
  <input id="todo_content" name="todo[content]" type="text">
  <input name="commit" type="submit" value="Create Todo">
</form>

form_for

  • form_for is used when we have to create a form for a model object.
  • form_for is a bit easier to use for creating forms for a model object because it yields a FormBuilder object that lets you create form elements that correspond to attributes in the model. Meaning that it figures out what url it needs to use and what http method it must go to generate form for a new/existing model object.
  • form_for is a ruby method into which a Ruby object is passed. This means that a form that utilizes form_for is directly connected with an Active Record model

Below is an example on how to use a form_for helper :

<%= form_for(@todo) do |t| %>
  <%= t.label :title %>
  <%= t.text_field :title %>
  <%= t.label :content %>
  <%= t.text_field :content %>
  <%= t.submit %>
<% end %>

The form_for above will auto generate the following HTML:

<form accept-charset="UTF-8" action="/todos" method="post">
  <label for="todo_title">Title</label>
  <input id="todo_title" name="todo[title]" type="text" />
  <label for="todo_content">Content</label>
  <input id="todo_content" name="todo[content]" type="text" />
  <input name="commit" type="submit" value="Create" />
</form>

How I interpret it is, if you know and have a model for an object you should be using the form_for method, otherwise you need to generate your own form by using the form_tag method.

Resources:

rails-form-with-alternative-to-form-for-and-form-tag
The Flatiron School Curriculum

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#100DaysofCode (65 Part Series)

1) Day 1 of #100DaysofCode - Understanding Iterators 2) Day 2: #100DaysofCode - I updated to Catalina and All HELL Broke Loose 3 ... 63 3) Day 3: #100DaysofCode - Oh No, SQL 4) Day 4: #100DaysofCode - More Iterators 5) Day 5 - #100DaysofCode - Setting up a Sinatra App 6) Day 6 : #100DaysofCode - Setting up a Sinatra App : Part 2 - Config.ru 7) Day 7: #100DaysofCode - Setting up a Sinatra App - Part 3 8) Day 8: #100DaysofCode - Setting up Sinatra Database - Part 4 9) Day 9: #100DaysofCode - ActiveRecord and a Database 10) Day 10: #100DaysofCode - ActiveRecord and a Database 11) Day 11 : #100DaysofCode - RESTful Routes 12) Day 12: #100DaysofCode and Day 1 of #Javascript30 13) Day 13 - #100DaysofCode - #Javascript30 - Day 2 - CSS + JS Clock 14) Day 14: #100DaysofCode - Finalized my Sinatra Project -Security 15) #Day 15: #100DaysofCode - View my Sinatra Project 16) Day 16 - #100DaysofCode - Understanding MVC 17) Day 17 : #100DaysofCode - Knowing your Ruby Version & what Errno::EADDRINUSE means is important! 18) Day 18 of #100daysofCode - 3 challenges 19) Day 19 of #100daysofCode - Hashes 101 20) Day 20: #100DaysofCode - Practice makes perfect 21) Day 21 : #100DaysofCode - Cascading Style Sheets 101 22) Day 22 - #100daysofCode - CSS 101 Part 2 23) Day 23 - #100DaysofCode - Updated My Portfolio 24) Day 24 - #100DaysofCode - Practicing CSS Grid and Emmet Shortcuts on VSCode 25) Day 25 - #100DaysofCode - Intro to Rails 26) Day 26 - #100DaysofCode - Accessing Rails Commands 27) Day 27 : #100DaysofCode - Still reviewing the basic rails concepts . . . 28) Day 28 : #100DaysofCode - Adding Dev.to blogs to personal page 29) Day 29 : #100DaysofCode - Very Simple Rails App CRUD Practice 30) Day 30 : #100DaysofCode - Very basic rails continued 31) Day 31 - #100DaysofCode - Rails Routes 101 32) Day 32 : #100DaysofCode - Resources for learning to code 33) Day 33 - #100DaysofCode - Setting up my app on Heroku 34) Day 34 - #100DaysofCode - New/edit action versus create/update action 35) Day 35 : #100DaysofCode - A Code Challenge Completed 36) Day 36 - #100DaysofCode - Rails form_for versus form_tag 37) Day 37 : #100DaysofCode - 30 seconds of code 38) Day 38 - #100DaysofCode - Built my first basic rails application 39) Day 39 : #100DaysofCode - I updated my github profile page 40) Day 40 : #100DaysofCode - I need project ideas 41) Day 41 : #100DaysofCode - Collaboration 42) Day 42 : #100DaysofCode - The Planning of a Project 43) Day 43 : #100DaysofCode - The Amazing Faker Gem 44) Day 44 : #100DaysofCode - Code or Youtube? 45) Day 45 : #100DaysofCode - Basic Nested Forms 46) Day 46 : #100DaysofCode - Still reviewing form_for 47) Day 47 : #100DaysofCode - How do you code? 48) Day 48 : #100DaysofCode - Code Along 49) Day 49 : #100DaysofCode - Still Coding Along 50) Day 50 : #100DaysofCode - Keep Coding Along 51) Day 51 : #100DaysofCode - Code Along 52) Day 52 : #100DaysofCode - No Wifi, No Problem 53) Day 53: #100DaysofCode - Created user log in and log out functionality 54) Day 54 : #100DaysofCode -Review on setting up log in & sign up 55) Day 55 : #100DaysofCode - In Need of Advice on Reading Poorly Written Documentation 56) Day 56 : #100DaysofCode - A Tweet - Devise - Users 57) Day 57 : 100DaysofCode - Remembering to Git Commit Often 58) Day 58 : #100DaysofCode - Beginning to Learn Python 59) Day 59 : #100DaysofCode - Focused on My Rails Project 60) Day 60 : #100DaysofCode - CSS in Rails 61) Day 61 : #100DaysofCode - Omniauth? 62) Day 62 : #100DaysofCode - Sign in using a Third Party, Rails 63) Day 63 : #100DaysofCode - Refactoring 64) Day 64 : #100DaysofCode - Still Playing Around With OmniAuth 65) Day 65 : #100DaysofCode - Second Rails Project - I Want to Try Self-Referencing Tables

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