Time for A Boolean
Sally: Hey, we need to add a flag to Post
Jean: What for?
Sally: Well, we want to let users "delete" posts, but not actually lose the data.
Jean: Sounds reasonable. But what about later, when we have to know when a post was deleted?
Sally: That's a good point, but if we add a timestamp now we have to write all sorts of methods to keep a nice interface on Post...
Jean: Time for A Boolean!
rails generate migration AddDeletedAtToPosts deleted_at:timestamp
class Post < ActiveRecord::Base time_for_a_boolean :deleted ... end
class PostsController < ApplicationController def show @post = Post.find(params[:id]) if @post.deleted? raise ActiveRecord::RecordNotFound end end def destroy post = Post.find(params[:id]) post.deleted = true post.save redirect_to posts_url end end
You keep on saying things and I don't get it.
Okay, let's take a look at what happens.
When we call
time_for_a_boolean :deleted in the Post class definition, several
methods are defined:
||Sets the timestamp to
These methods allow you to use a timestamp as you would a boolean value in your application.
- Audit for when a flag was set. Future you wants this.
COUNT(posts.deleted_at)gives you the count of deleted posts, which is useful when writing a report. Define and use
Post.deleted.countwhen you have Ruby available.
If you have a date or time column that does not follow the
you can specify the attribute name:
class User < ActiveRecord::Base time_for_a_boolean :expires, :expires_on end
This is especially useful when using date only columns.