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Ruby Build a Todo List Application with Rails 4 Build a Todo List Application with Rails 4 Adding Todo Items

Test won't pass! Help! (undefined method `todo_items' for nil:NilClass)

Hi I'm having issues with my controller it looks like. I'm using the most recent rails version.

But anyways here is the error that I am getting from my test. The instructor doesn't get this error at all while testing. I looked online for the last hour and can't seem to find a solution.

Here is the test failure/error

Failure/Error: click_link "New Todo Item"
       undefined method `todo_items' for nil:NilClass
     # ./app/controllers/todo_items_controller.rb:8:in `new'
     # ./spec/features/todo_items/create_spec.rb:16:in `block (2 levels) in <top (required)>'

Here is the is the controller it refers to

class TodoItemsController < ApplicationController
  def index
    @todo_list = TodoList.find(params[:todo_list_id])

  def new
    @todo_item = TodoList.find(params[:todo_list_id])
    @todo_item = @todo_list.todo_items.new  

If I comment out the @todo_item = @todo_list.todo_items.new line it will pass. But he's doesn't really say what this line does and I don't understand why I am getting a no method error for todo_items here.

Here is the test I'm running.

 require 'rails_helper'

describe "Viewing todo items" do 
    let!(:todo_list) { TodoList.create(title: "Grocery List", description: "Groceries")}

    def visit_todo_list(list)
        visit "/todo_lists"
        within "#todo_list_#{list.id}" do
            click_link "List Items"

    it "is successful with valid content" do
        click_link "New Todo Item"
        fill_in "Content", with: "Milk"
        click_button "Save"
        expect(page).to have_content("Added Todo List Item.")
        within("ul.todo_items") do
            expect(page).to have_content("Milk")

Let me know if you need to see any other code!

Please help! Thank you!


2 Answers

Felicia Wijaya
Felicia Wijaya
Courses Plus Student 14,748 Points

In the new function, I think the first line should be @todo_list = TodoList.find(params[:todo_list_id]).

you're using @todo_item there. Minor typo?

And that is the solution! Thank you!