Dave Dave - 2 months ago 9
Ruby Question

Ruby on rails: Devise, want to add invite code?

I would like to add an invite_code requirement for users to sign up. Ie. in addition to requiring them to specify an email/password combo, I want an additional field :invite_code. This is a temporary fix so that non-wanted users cannot login during a given alpha period.

I'm confused since Devise doesn't add controllers. I'm sort of familiar with the concept of virtual attributes, and it strikes me that I could add a :invite_code to the model, and then just hard code a step now where it says invite code must equal 12345 or whatever for now.

Does this make sense with devise authentication? And how do I go approaching this from a proper rails restful approach?

Thank you very much.

Answer

1) A virtual attribute usually needs a setter in addition to a getter.

Easiest way is to add

attr_accessor :invite_code
attr_accessible :invite_code # allow invite_code to be set via mass-assignment
    # See comment by James, below.

to the User model

2) I presume that Devise wants the User model to validate. So you could stop the validation by adding

validates_each :invite_code, :on => :create do |record, attr, value|
    record.errors.add attr, "Please enter correct invite code" unless
      value && value == "12345"
end

NOTE: added :on => :create since the invite_code is only needed for creating the new user, not for updating.