ActiveModel::ForbiddenAttributesError in ActiveAdmin

Active Admin is one of the most famous Rails gems built to create instant administration pages. Active Admin is a highly recommended gem. I have known a lot of production-ready sites that are using this particular gem.

There are a few things you need to learn while working with Active Admin. Aside from your typical Rails application, you will also have to learn Active Admin DSL.

Here’s a problem often encountered by Ruby on Rails developers working with Active Admin.


This particular error informs us that strong parameters is being used and you will need to define the parameters your form is submitting. Here’s the particular fix:

ActiveAdmin.register Topic, as: "News" do
  # Add the following
  permit_params :event_date, :title, :body

You will need to replace event_date, title and body with your parameters.

and voila! fixed!

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 How to center text in HTML

HTML is considered the language of the internet. It is primarily used for creating web pages that is easily understood by browsers. CSS are files used to format web pages.

We are now going to use CSS to format our text.

Deprecated way

This is the old way of doing this. This method has been deprecated in favor of the recommended way below:

<center>Your text</center>

Recommended way

The recommended way is to use the rule:

text-align: center;

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 Add Index on Rails Active Record

Indexes are copies of columns of data from a database table. It makes is easily searchable and thus making it fast and efficient. In Rails an index can easily be adding via migrations with:

class AddIndexToTable < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    add_index :tables, :column_id


We can add a unique option to make the index unique:

class AddIndexToTable < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    add_index :tables, :column_id, unique: true

This, however, would not allow duplicate value for the same column.

Unique with Combination

We sometimes have join tables wherein we need to scope out combinations of ids. With this, we can add an index that references both columns:

class AddIndexToJoinTable < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    add_index :join_tabes, [:column_id, :column_2_id], unique: true

This will make sure that combinations of column_id AND column_2_id are all the time.

 CSS: Using Inline-block

There has been a lot of confusion when using the inline-block value of the display css property. This is a simple tutorial for you when you find yourself needing inline-block.

float is a way to cleanly use up the whole width of the browser even with block elements like div and p. There is a problem when using floats. The container of this floats do not wrap around the floating content. This has resulted in using clear-ing of elements.

.clearfix {
  clear: left;  

Floating with and without clearing

See the Pen Float test with and without clearing by Thorpe Obazee (@pinoytech) on CodePen.

Using inline-block

inline-block is a way to float elements but not needing to be cleared. Below is a clear way to use inline-block

See the Pen Float and inline-block example by Thorpe Obazee (@pinoytech) on CodePen.