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StripAttributes is an ActiveModel extension that automatically strips all attributes of leading and trailing whitespace before validation. If the attribute is blank, it strips the value to nil by default.

It works by adding a before_validation hook to the record. By default, all attributes are stripped of whitespace, but :only and :except options can be used to limit which attributes are stripped. Both options accept a single attribute (:only => :field) or arrays of attributes (:except => [:field1, :field2, :field3]).

Installation

Include the gem in your Gemfile:

gem "strip_attributes", "~> 1.2"

Examples

Default Behavior

class DrunkPokerPlayer < ActiveRecord::Base
  strip_attributes
end

Using except

# all attributes will be stripped except :boxers
class SoberPokerPlayer < ActiveRecord::Base
  strip_attributes :except => :boxers
end

Using only

# only :shoe, :sock, and :glove attributes will be stripped
class ConservativePokerPlayer < ActiveRecord::Base
  strip_attributes :only => [:shoe, :sock, :glove]
end

Using allow_empty

# Empty attributes will not be converted to nil
class BrokePokerPlayer < ActiveRecord::Base
  strip_attributes :allow_empty => true
end

Using collapse_spaces

# Sequential spaces in attributes will be collapsed to one space
class EloquentPokerPlayer < ActiveRecord::Base
  strip_attributes :collapse_spaces => true
end

Usage Patterns

Other ORMs implementing ActiveModel

It also works on other ActiveModel classes, such as Mongoid documents:

class User
  include Mongoid::Document
  strip_attributes :only => :email
end

Using it with ActiveAttr

class Person
  include ActiveAttr::Model
  include ActiveModel::Validations::Callbacks

  attribute :name
  attribute :email

  strip_attributes
end

Testing

StripAttributes provides an RSpec/Shoulda-compatible matcher for easier testing of attribute assignment. You can use this with RSpec, Shoulda, or Minitest-Matchers.

Setup spec_helper.rb or test_helper.rb

To initialize RSpec, add this to your spec_helper.rb:

require "strip_attributes/matchers"
RSpec.configure do |config|
  config.include StripAttributes::Matchers
end

To initialize Shoulda (with test-unit), add this to your test_helper.rb:

require "strip_attributes/matchers"
class Test::Unit::TestCase
  extend StripAttributes::Matchers
end

To initialize Minitest-Matchers, add this to your test_helper.rb:

require "strip_attributes/matchers"
class MiniTest::Spec
  include StripAttributes::Matchers
end

Writing Tests

Rspec:

describe User do
  it { should strip_attribute :name }
  it { should strip_attribute :email }
  it { should_not strip_attribute :password }
end

Shoulda (with test-unit):

class UserTest < ActiveSupport::TestCase
  should strip_attribute :name
  should strip_attribute :email
  should_not strip_attribute :password
end

Minitest-Matchers:

describe User do
  subject { User.new }

  must { strip_attribute :name }
  must { strip_attribute :email }
  wont { strip_attribute :password }
end

Support

Submit suggestions or feature requests as a GitHub Issue or Pull Request (preferred). If you send a pull request, remember to update the corresponding unit tests. In fact, I prefer new features to be submitted in the form of new unit tests.

Credits

The idea was originally triggered by the information at the (now defunct) Rails Wiki but was modified from the original to include more idiomatic ruby and rails support.

License

Copyright (c) 2007-2013 Ryan McGeary released under the MIT license