Getting a remote form to submit within a partial collection when any select changes in Ruby on Rails

This one is harder than it seems. But, I figured out a way. The trick and breakthrough came from Teflon Ted.

With a regular form, you could do this in your select statement:

:onChange=>"this.form.submit();"

This won’t work with a remote form, because the submission is not handled with the submit method but rather within the JavaScript callback in onsubmit. So, with a remote form, you have to change it to this:

:onChange=>"this.form.onsubmit();"

So, here is my code.

<%- remote_form_for
  :user,
  user,
  :url=>{:action=>'update_remote', :id=>user.id},
  :html=>{:id=>'form_'+user.id.to_s},
  :loading=>"Element.show('spinner_"+user.id.to_s+"'); Form.disable('form_"+user.id.to_s+"')"
  do |f|
-%>

<%= f.select
  :project_id,
  Project.find(:all).collect{|p| [p.name,p.id]},
  {:include_blank=>false, :selected=>user.project_id},
  {:onChange=>"this.form.onsubmit();", :id=>'user_project_id_'+user.id.to_s}
%>

<%- end -%>


Note that this is in a partial that gets iterated over a collection. So, I have to give everything a unique id in the HTML. Also, note that this includes the user of a spinner to show activity is taking place. I also like to disable the form temporarily to make sure nothing else gets selected. I don’t have to hide the spinner or reactivate the form because when the table row gets regenerated via RJS, it goes back to the default condition.

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