ar_test_runner: Run the ActiveRecord unit test suite with your modifications

May 12, 2009

ar_test_runner provides a rake task to run the ActiveRecord core test suites with your plugins or files loaded. Make sure ActiveRecord tasks pass with your enhancements.

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MySQL Conf 09: Taking ActiveRecord to the Next Level

April 22, 2009

Today I present Taking Active Record To the Next Level at the MySQL Conference and Expo! There is a lot of excitement in the Rails world due to Rails 3 merge with Merb which will provide framework agnosticism for the people. However, good, old, (sometimes not playing nice with MySQL) ActiveRecord is still the defacto [...]

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ActiveRecord on Steroids: Optimize queries using Ar-Extensions 0.9.1

April 21, 2009

The ar-extensions plugin extends ActiveRecord to help developers scale, optimize, and customize Rails interaction with the database. New ar-extensions is the ability to fine tune queries by specifying MySQL database options from ActiveRecord find and save methods.

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ar-extensions 0.9.1 supports INSERT SELECT for ActiveRecord

April 21, 2009

The ar-extensions plugin, which extends ActiveRecord to help optimize interaction between Rails and the database, now provides support for MySQL INSERT SELECT functionality.

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When to :select and :include your rubies and rails

April 6, 2009

Although plugins exist to force :select and :include to play nice with ActiveRecord::Base.find, using this approach does not always yield the best performance. The post discusses when to use eager loading and when to use other approaches and the plugins that will help you.

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Introducing … Static Record Cache plugin

March 31, 2009

Static Record Cache permanently caches active record data for classes which contain small amounts of static data.

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Eager loading Select Plugin: when :select plays nice with :include

March 26, 2009

eload-select plugin. Allowing :select to play nice with :include for Ruby on Rails ActiveRecord finders.

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Aliasing MySQL Functions with ActiveRecord

January 31, 2009

Changing column data to use MySQL functions instead of the actual column data for Ruby on Rails ActiveRecord is simple. To allow ActiveRecord to retrieve the data of the function,  alias it to the column name. Event.find :all, :select => ‘substring(name, 1, 10) as name’ This produces the follow SQL query using MySQL SUBSTRING function: [...]

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