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Acts As Immutable
=================

A Rails plugin that will ensure an ActiveRecord object is immutable once
saved. Optionally, you can specify attributes to be mutable if the object
is in a particular state (block evaluates to true).

Authored by: NuLayer Inc. / www.nulayer.com


Install
-------

script/plugin install git://github.com/pkieltyka/acts_as_immutable.git


Usage examples
--------------

# Ex. 1
# All attributes will be immutable
class PaymentTransaction < ActiveRecord::Base
	acts_as_immutable
end


# Ex. 2
# All attributes will be immutable except 'paid',
# ie. if the invoice is still outstanding
class Invoice < ActiveRecord::Base
	acts_as_immutable :paid do
		paid == false
	end
end


# Ex. 3
# Objects are immutable unless the subscription is
# active or free in which case changes can be made
# to: status, free and updated_at
class Subscription < ActiveRecord::Base
	acts_as_immutable :status, :free, :updated_at do
		free? || active?
	end
		
	def active?
		status == "active"
	end
end

> sub = Subscription.new
> sub.status = "active"
> sub.free = false
> sub.start_date = Time.now
> sub.end_date = Time.now + 1.year
> sub.save
=> true

> sub.start_date = Time.now + 1.week
=> ActiveRecord::ActsAsImmutableError: start_date is an immutable attribute

> sub.update_attributes({ :start_date => Time.now + 1.week })
=> ActiveRecord::ActsAsImmutableError: start_date is an immutable attribute

> sub.status = "cancelled"
> sub.save
=> true


Testing
-------

Tested on Rails 2.3.2
Sorry no test suite


License (MIT)
-------------
Copyright (c) 2009 NuLayer Inc.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
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