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Mary Webby
Mary Webby

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setting up db with rails console

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to generate a complete, database-backed web resource, use the code snippet above. It is actually exactly the same as creating and generating a model and a table, but instead model is replaced with draft:resource. below is an example of using this.

rails generate draft:resource post title:string body:text expires_on:date board_id:integer
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rails generate draft:resource board name:string
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this action that we just did has essentially installed all of our standard CRUD action boilerplate for us (navigate to /posts. if you would like to delete the action you just made, you can also rails destroy draft:resource, rake db:rollback, rails destroy draft:resource post or go back to the last git commit. you can then correct your error and then regenerate.

adding and removing columns

  • To modify existing tables, the most common tools we use are add_column and remove_column.

  • generate a new migration (not a whole model like above) at a bash prompt with, for example, use rails g migration AddImageToPosts, or rails g migration RemoveExpiresOnFromPosts

  • then, go into the new migration file and add instructions to make the change you want within the change method (or the up method, if that’s what you find inside instead of change)

def change
  add_column :posts, :image, :string
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  • with ultimate last resort, use rake db:drop

other notes

  • rspec rails framework

bundle exec rspecor rspec to run rails debugging with ruby gem inside the GemFile

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