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Prem Sichanugrist (sikachu)

Make User[:id] returning Arel::Attributes::* instance as a shortcut to use ARel's methods

Reported by Prem Sichanugrist (sikachu) | November 20th, 2010 @ 05:40 PM | in 3.x


I've discussed with Aaron yesterday about the way that I can use ARel's comparison methods (#gt, #lt, and so on) in AR. Turned out that I have to access it via #arel_table method of the model:

users = User.arel_table
famous_users = User.where(users[:fame].gt(80))

This become a bit tedious as I have to have another variable to store an instance of Arel::Table to be able to call those methods on it. Also, I don't think the code look clean if I merge those two lines together and make it as

famous_users = User.where(User.arel_table[:fame].gt(80))

So, after some discussion, I think it's better to make AR .[] method to return the instance of Arel::Attributes::*. This will give more readability to the code example above, and I think it fits in great with the context.

After applying my patch, you would then can do

famous_users = User.where(User[:fame].gt(80))

I think that looks really nice. I really wish I could get some feedback from you guys.

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Ryan Bigg

    Ryan Bigg November 23rd, 2010 @ 04:13 AM

    I've been looking for a shortcut for Model.arel_table[:field] for a very long time. It just doesn't make sense to have something like this already.

  • Jason Langenauer

    Jason Langenauer November 23rd, 2010 @ 04:38 AM


    I've monkey-patched something exactly like this into a Rails application I've been working on. It turns out to be very workable and produces quite succinct code.

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