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Model Validation

Before we save a model in the database, we can optionally validate that model to make sure it's good to go.

For example, for a person, we might validate that the person has an email address, password, first name, surname, etc.

We might also validate that their email address matches a particular regex, or that their age is a positive number.

Validation in rails takes place at the application tier. We add method calls to our models which cause them to validate.

Validating Numericality

Say we want to check the age is a number. We can do this:

class Person < ActiveRecord::Base
validates_numericality_of :age

Validating Existence

Say we want to check that the person has added first_name, surname and email fields, we can do this:

validates_presence_of :first_name, :surname, :email

You can check the validity of your model using the valid? method:


Errors are stored in the @person.errors hash

You'll find your scaffold already contains a partial that outputs any errors.

You can find additional validations here:

Exercise - Validation

We are going to put some validation onto our scaffold exercise from last time.

Open up your exercise from the last section. Add some sensible validations to your models. Use your CRUD interface to try and create a model that doesn't validate.

Now take a look at the result.

Further Exercise

Modify the errors partial so it looks a little less default Rails.