rails ajax form saving, redirecting, updating issues

I'm trying to create an ajax enabled form in rails. When I click the submit button, the form is saving properly (I can see the update taking place in the database), however, the page just sits there (looks as though nothing is happening, no redirect, etc) and in my web inspector, I see the following error:

POST http://localhost:3000/user/mike 500 (Internal Server Error)

However, when I click the above link (http://localhost...) the page is displayed including the :notice.

I would like the page to redirect as it normally would and show the :notice if available. I would also like to be able to save the form over ajax, without redirect on a certain time interval (every minute or so). Is this possible?


def create
    @user = User.new(params[:user])

    respond_to do |format|
      if @user.save
         format.html { redirect_to(@user, :notice => 'User saved.') }


          format.html { render :action => "new" }

  def update
    @user = User.find_by_username(params[:id])

    respond_to do |format|
      if @user.update_attributes(params[:user])

        format.html { redirect_to(@user, :notice => 'User updated.') }


        format.html { render :action => "edit" }


And, here is my form tag:

<%= form_for @user, :remote => true, :html => { :multipart => true, :class => 'edit_profile' }  do |f| %>

Any suggestions would be awfully helpful...Thanks everyone.


If you want the create action to be ajax, you'll want to add a create.js template (create.js.erb or create.js.haml), that will provide some script to render a message on the page.

(assuming jquery and ERB) -- create.js.erb:

<% if @user.errors.any? %>
    //update a div here with the errors collection
<% else %>
    $("#flash_notice").html("<%= escape_javascript(flash[:notice])%>");
<% end %>

You would need some additional logic in there if an error occurred to show a list of errors to the user. The easiest would be if the form was already in a partial, since you could just re-render the partial showing the errors collection. Alternatively, you could just write out the errors collection to a div.

As for updating periodically in the background, a simple javascript timer that posts the form would work fine. In the controller, you could either render nothing (using render nothing: true), or provide an update.js script to change a message such as "Last Saved at xxxx".

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