Some Interesting Dynamic Finders

By Administrator July 13, 2006

find_or_create_by_X: As obvious by name this dynamic finder method allows you to find or create a new record on the basis of attributes passed. A very good example by DHH himself goes like this…

class Account < ActiveRecord::Base
    has_many :people do
      def find_or_create_by_name(name)
        first_name, *last_name = name.split
        last_name = last_name.join " "

        find_or_create_by_first_name_and_last_name(first_name, last_name)

 person = Account.find(:first).people.find_or_create_by_name("David Heinemeier Hansson")
 person.first_name # => "David"
 person.last_name  # => "Heinemeier Hansson"

find_or_initialize_by_X : This new method in available in edge rails now. Its almost similar to the find_or_create_by_X finder. The basic difference is that this method unlike find_or_create_by_X only initialize the object and do not saves it.

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