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Difference beween attr_accessor and attr_accesible:

attr_accessor is a ruby method that makes a getter and a setter. attr_accessible is a Rails method that allows you to pass in values to a mass assignment: new(attrs) or up update_attributes(attrs).

Here's a mass assignment:

Order.new({ :type => 'Corn', :quantity => 6 })

You can imagine that the order might also have a discount code, say :price_off. If you don't tag :price_off as attr_accessible you stop malicious code from being able to do like so:

Order.new({ :type => 'Corn', :quantity => 6, :price_off => 30 })

Even if your form doesn't have a field for :price_off, if it's just in your model by default it's available so a crafted POST could still set it. Using attr_accessible white lists those things are can be mass assigned.