Form handling for Ruby inspired by Django forms.
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README.md

Bureaucrat

Form handling for Ruby inspired by Django forms.

Description

Bureaucrat is a library for handling the processing, validation and rendering of HTML forms.

Structure of a Form

                 Form ----> valid?, errors/cleaned_data
            ______|________
          /       |         \
      Field     Field      Field  ----> clean
        |         |          |
      Widget    Widget     Widget ----> render

Form: Collection of named Fields, handles global validation and the last pass of data conversion. After validation, a valid Form responds to cleaned_data by returning a hash of validated values and an invalid Form responds to errors by returning a hash of field_name => error_messages.

Field: Handles the validation and data conversion of each field belonging to the Form. Each Field is associated to a name on the parent Form.

Widget: Handles the rendering of a Form field. Each Field has two widgets associated, one for normal rendering, and another for hidden inputs rendering. Every type of Field has default Widgets defined, but they can be overriden on a per-Form basis.

Usage examples

require 'bureaucrat'
require 'bureaucrat/quickfields'

class MyForm < Bureaucrat::Forms::Form
  extend Bureaucrat::Quickfields

  string  :nickname, :max_length => 50
  string  :realname, :required => false
  email   :email
  integer :age, :min_value => 0
  boolean :newsletter, :required => false

  # Note: Bureaucrat doesn't define save
  def save
    user = User.create!(cleaned_data)
    Mailer.deliver_confirmation_mail(user)
    user
  end
end

# A Form initialized without parameters is an unbound Form.
unbound_form = MyForm.new
unbound_form.valid? # => false
unbound_form.errors # => {}
unbound_form.cleaned_data # => nil
puts unbound_form.as_p
# Prints:
# <p><label for="id_nickname">Nickname:</label> <input type="text" name="nickname" id="id_nickname" maxlength="50" /></p>
# <p><label for="id_realname">Realname:</label> <input type="text" name="realname" id="id_realname" /></p>
# <p><label for="id_email">Email:</label> <input type="text" name="email" id="id_email" /></p>
# <p><label for="id_age">Age:</label> <input type="text" name="age" id="id_age" /></p>
# <p><label for="id_newsletter">Newsletter:</label> <input type="checkbox" name="newsletter" id="id_newsletter" /></p>

invalid_bound_form = MyForm.new(:nickname => 'bureaucrat', :email => 'badformat', :age => '30')
invalid_bound_form.valid? # => false
invalid_bound_form.errors # {:email => ["Enter a valid e-mail address."]}
invalid_bound_form.cleaned_data # => nil
puts invalid_bound_form.as_table
# Prints:
# <tr><th><label for="id_nickname">Nickname:</label></th><td><input type="text" value="bureaucrat" name="nickname" id="id_nickname" maxlength="50" /></td></tr>
# <tr><th><label for="id_realname">Realname:</label></th><td><ul class="errorlist"><li>This field is required</li></ul><input type="text" name="realname" id="id_realname" /></td></tr>
# <tr><th><label for="id_email">Email:</label></th><td><ul class="errorlist"><li>Enter a valid e-mail address.</li></ul><input type="text" value="badformat" name="email" id="id_email" /></td></tr>
# <tr><th><label for="id_age">Age:</label></th><td><input type="text" value="30" name="age" id="id_age" /></td></tr>
# <tr><th><label for="id_newsletter">Newsletter:</label></th><td><input type="checkbox" name="newsletter" id="id_newsletter" /></td></tr>

valid_bound_form = MyForm.new(:nickname => 'bureaucrat', :email => 'valid@email.com', :age => '30')
valid_bound_form.valid? # => true
valid_bound_form.errors # {}
valid_bound_form.cleaned_data # => {:age => 30, :newsletter => false, :nickname => "bureaucrat", :realname => "", :email = >"valid@email.com"}
puts valid_bound_form.as_ul
# Prints:
# <li><label for="id_nickname">Nickname:</label> <input type="text" value="bureaucrat" name="nickname" id="id_nickname" maxlength="50" /></li>
# <li><ul class="errorlist"><li>This field is required</li></ul><label for="id_realname">Realname:</label> <input type="text" name="realname" id="id_realname" /></li>
# <li><label for="id_email">Email:</label> <input type="text" value="valid@email.com" name="email" id="id_email" /></li>
# <li><label for="id_age">Age:</label> <input type="text" value="30" name="age" id="id_age" /></li>
# <li><label for="id_newsletter">Newsletter:</label> <input type="checkbox" name="newsletter" id="id_newsletter" /></li>

valid_bound_form.save # A new User is created and a confirmation mail is delivered

Examples of different ways of defining forms

require 'bureaucrat'
require 'bureaucrat/quickfields'

class MyForm < Bureaucrat::Forms::Form
  include Bureaucrat::Fields

  field :nickname, CharField.new(:max_length => 50)
  field :realname, CharField.new(:required => false)
  field :email, EmailField.new
  field :age, IntegerField.new(:min_value => 0)
  field :newsletter, BooleanField.new(:required => false) 
end

class MyFormQuick < Bureaucrat::Forms::Form
  extend Bureaucrat::Quickfields

  string  :nickname, :max_length => 50
  string  :realname, :required => false
  email   :email
  integer :age, :min_value => 0
  boolean :newsletter, :required => false
end

def inline_form
  f = Class.new(Bureaucrat::Forms::Form)
  f.extend(Bureaucrat::Quickfields)
  yield f
  f
end

form_maker = inline_form do |f|
  f.string  :nickname, :max_length => 50
  f.string  :realname, :required => false
  f.email   :email
  f.integer :age, :min_value => 0
  f.boolean :newsletter, :required => false
end