Heading into Rails TOOOOOO-TOOOOOO-TOOOOOO!

When I played little league baseball we had announcers for the game, one of which was some nice old guy in a ramshackle shelter behind home plate that was the “booth” – and every time there’d be two outs, two strikes and two balls – he’d croon “TOOOOO-TOOOOO-TOOOO”. Which of course, has little to do with this post other than version numbers.

Rails 2.2 was just released – so of course, I’m taking the most critical application we have (well, maybe the second critical, and that’s really only because other apps depend on it, it’s not critical in terms of features) – and upgrading it first, because, well, that’s how system administrators roll.

The release notes are great. Seriously. Really great. So great I shouldn’t even be writing this post. Which I am anyway – because here are some of the highlights of what I had to change to make my app work.

NoMethodError for Association Methods

Getting exceptions when you go to Rails 2.2.2 that don’t say anything more than NoMethodError when you know good and damn well the method that it’s saying no method on exists? Yeah, me too. And I bet it’s a method in an associated model. And if it is, you probably should be ashamed of yourself.

Rails 2.2 now enforces privacy on private methods called through associations. So in my case, I had two issues, 1) I was calling “update” on an associated model in some code I blindly copied and pasted a long time ago, and 2) I have a few of my own SQL queries that I’m not entirely sure how to do using Rails associations and named scopes, and I was cheating by calling self.connection.sanitize_limit to take advantage of Rails’ own function for cleaning up provided “LIMIT” params. And sanitize_limit, like the instance method update is private.

Update Rails Footnotes

If you use Rails footnotes in development mode – you’ll want to update for this change for Rails 2.2 compatibility.

Aside… Piston 1.9.5

A great way to stay current with Rails plugins is to use Piston – which has a new 1.9.5 release. You can build your own.

“quoted_table_name” and Has Many Polymorphs

If you start getting some error about undefined method quoted_table_name’` and you use has_many_polymorphs – you’ll want this change.

I don’t use the plugin, I use the gem. So I built my own has_many_polymorphs 2.12.1 gem – by doing: ` gem install echoe git clone git://github.com/fauna/has_many_polymorphs.git cd has_many_polymorphs `

edit CHANGELOG with a “v2.12.1 line” (e.g. v2.12.1. Cloned GitHub project and rebuilt gem for our nefarious purposes.)

rake manifest rake package rake install

add_joins! and Has Many Polymorphs (or anything else for that matter)

HMP includes a ‘tagged_with’ method for finding collections ‘tagged_with’ a set of tags. I use a heavily modified version of that. The method supports custom scopes, in theory. (well, probably more than theory, I’ve just never tried it). While, I don’t have any scopes on models that call my functions – I still had some of the private ActiveRecord method calls in mine – particularly add_joins!.

Well, this change changed the params for the method to make sure that the scoped joins were merged, and not overwritten – which changes calls into it. If you are calling it with your own options use options[:joins]. My code doesn’t use the scopes in combination with my tagged_with method, so I just pulled them.

And…. thankfully that’s it

Other than cleaning up deprecations like number_with_precision now preferring (number, :precision => myprecision) instead of (number, myprecision) – and ActiveRecord::Base.verification_timeout no longer valid, and mb_chars being preferred over chars – we seem to be good to go for Rails 2.2. I still need to test some crons, but I imagine that our app will go production as 2.2 shortly.

TOOOOOO-TOOOOOO-TOOOOOO!