A Rails gem to conveniently manage multiple nested models in a single form. It does so in an unobtrusive way through jQuery.
To learn more about how this works under the hood: blog.madebydna.com/dynamic-nested-forms-in-rails-3-with-the-nest
Add it to your Gemfile
gem "nested_form", :git => "git://github.com/madebydna/nested_form.git"
Run the generator
rails generate nested_form:install
You can then generate a nested form using the nested_form_for helper method.
<%= nested_form_for @project do |f| %>
Use this form just like normal, including the fields_for helper method for nesting models. The benefit of this plugin comes from the link_to_add and link_to_remove helper methods on the form builder.
<%= f.fields_for :tasks do |task_form| %> <%= task_form.text_field :name %> <%= task_form.link_to_remove "Remove this task" %> <% end %> <%= f.link_to_add "Add a task", :tasks %>
This generates links which dynamically add and remove fields.
It is often desirable to move the nested fields into a partial to keep things organized. If you don't supply a block to fields_for it will look for a partial and use that.
<%= f.fields_for :tasks %>
In this case it will look for a partial called “task_fields” and pass the form builder as an f variable to it.
This gem is based on the plugin by Ryan Bates: github.com/ryanb/nested_form