Rails: build for difference between relationships

A doc has many articles and can have many edits.

I want to build an edit for each article up to the total number of @doc.articles. This code works with the first build (i.e., when no edits yet exist).

def editing @doc = Doc.find(params[:id]) unbuilt = @doc.articles - @doc.edits unbuilt.reverse.each do |article| @doc.edits.build(:body => article.body, :article_id => article.id, :doc_id => @doc.id) end end

But when edits already exist it'll keep those edits and still build for the @doc.articles total, ending up with too many edits and some duplicates if only one article was changed.

I want to put some condition against :article_id which exists in both edits and articles in to say (in <strong>pseudocode</strong>):

unbuilt = @doc.articles - @doc.edits unbuilt.where('article_id not in (?)', @doc.edits).reverse.each do |article| @doc.edits.build(...) end

Any help would be excellent! Thank-you so much.


You are doing something weird here:

unbuilt = @doc.articles - @doc.edits

You probably want this instead

unbuilt = @doc.articles - @doc.edits.map(&:article)

This works if @doc.articles and @doc.edits are small collections, otherwise a SQL solution would be preferred.

-- EDIT: added explanation --

this piece of Ruby


is equivalent to

@doc.edits.map do |edit| edit.article end

the previous one is much more compact and exploits a feature introduced in ruby 1.9

It basically takes a symbol (:article), calls on it the 'to_proc' method (it does this by using the '&' character). You can think of the 'to_proc' method as something very similar to this:

def to_proc proc { |object| object.send(self) } end

In ruby, blocks and procs are generally equivalent (kindof), so this works!


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