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November 26, 2014

Rails find_each method with order option

Filed under: Rails3, Ruby, Ruby On Rails — Tags: , , , , , , , — Veerasundaravel @ 9:36 pm
Rails find_each or find_in_batches methods are looping through a collection of records from the database.
This batch processing methods allow us to work with the records in batches, thereby greatly reducing memory consumption.
Person.find_each(:conditions => "age > 21") do |person|
But major drawback with these methods is  - ordering/sorting the records by primary key id, hence we cannot specify our own order_by.
order_by(:created_at).find_each == FAIL!!!
class ActiveRecord::Base
  # normal find_each does not use given order but uses id asc
  def self.find_each_with_order(options={})
    raise "offset is not yet supported" if options[:offset]

    page = 1
    limit = options[:limit] || 1000

    loop do
      offset = (page-1) * limit
      batch = find(:all, options.merge(:limit=>limit, :offset=>offset))
      page += 1

      batch.each{|x| yield x }

      break if batch.size < limit

January 28, 2013

Kill a program using Ruby

Filed under: Ruby, Ruby On Rails — Veerasundaravel @ 12:54 pm

Old school but helpful.

Get process id of a running program and kill it if you need.

pid = `pgrep -f “ruby running_program.rb”`.split(“\n”).first.to_i
`kill -9 #{pid}`

Specify your program or script name inside the double quotes instead of ruby running_program.rb. It will return the pid of the program and you can get it in the variable pid. In next line you can see the kill command in order to kill the program.

July 25, 2012

Rspec Shoulda-Matcher made Unit testing as easier one

Filed under: Rails3, Ruby, Ruby On Rails, Testing, Unit Test — Tags: , , , , , , — Veerasundaravel @ 12:37 am

Shoulda matcher is a library that enables to write better and more understandable tests for Rails application. It is Test::Unit- and RSpec-compatible one-liners that test common Rails functionality.

Here few very easier example of shoulda-matchers for Unit Testing.

Test model fields:

it {should have_db_column(:login)}
it {should have_db_column(:salary).of_type(:decimal).with_options(:precision =&gt; 10, :scale =&gt; 2) }
it { should_not have_db_column(:admin).of_type(:boolean) }

Test db indexes:

it { should have_db_index(:age) }
it { should have_db_index([:commentable_type, :commentable_id]) }
it { should have_db_index(:ssn).unique(true) }

Test validations:

it { should validate_uniqueness_of(:title) }
it { should validate_presence_of(:body).with_message(/Enter the message/) }
it { should validate_presence_of(:title) }
it { should validate_numericality_of(:user_id) }
it { should validate_uniqueness_of(:title) }
it { should_not allow_value("blah").for(:email) }
it { should allow_value("").for(:email) }
it { should ensure_inclusion_of(:age).in_range(1..100) }
it { should_not allow_mass_assignment_of(:password) }

Test associations:

it { should belong_to(:parent) }
it { should have_one(:car)
it { should have_many(:friends) }
it { should have_many(:enemies).through(:friends) }


Further reading:

Shoulda-Matcher home page –
Shoulda-context home page –
rspec_shoulda cheat sheet –


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