2-way associations

Hello,

I was wondering if there is an easy way to handle this N+1 problem.

class Post < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :comments
end

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :post

  def full_name
    "comment on #{post.title} by #{author}"
  end
end

Now when I want a post with all its comments, I go:
p=Post.find(:first, :include => :comments)

queries:
Post Load Including Associations (0.000863) SELECT posts."id" AS
t0_r0, posts."title" AS t0_r1, posts."body" AS t0_r2, posts."eated_at"
AS t0_r3, posts."updated_at" AS t0_r4, comments."id" AS t1_r0,
comments."post_id" AS t1_r1, comments."body" AS t1_r2,
coents."created_at" AS t1_r3, comments."updated_at" AS t1_r4 FROM
posts LEFT OUTER JOIN comments ON comments.post_id = posts.id

p.comments.first.full_name

queries:
Post Load (0.000650) SELECT * FROM posts WHERE (posts."id" = 1)

It seems to me it's a little dumb to re-get the post, since it's
already loaded and associated to this comment(since the comment was
loaded through the post's association).
Ofcourse I could use Post.find(:first, :include => {:comments
=> :post}).
But it doesn't feel right since Post is included twice.

Any "good" way to do this?

Thanks.
Mathijs

I was wondering if there is an easy way to handle this N+1 problem.

class Post < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :comments
end

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :post

  def full_name
    "comment on #{post.title} by #{author}"
  end
end

Now when I want a post with all its comments, I go:
p=Post.find(:first, :include => :comments)

p.comments.first.full_name

Any "good" way to do this?

Well I normally dislike putting text into models. If you want to use
this for printing in a template, you can puts something liek this in a
helper:

   def full_name(post)
     "comment on #{post.title} by #{post.comments.first.author}"
   end

You're fretting over 0.000650 seconds. Please.

Like I said, this is just a basic 'proof of concept'.
Ofcourse in this case (almost empty db, sqlite locally) it doesn't
matter at all, especially not with 1 comment.

And ofcourse putting text should be in a helper, this is just to
demonstrate the strange behavior, the actual case needs different
data(not text) from the parent object.

In real life situations this WILL hurt since it's a N+1 problem.
If in my example a certain post has 10000 comments, it will generate
10001 queries just for this simple bit of code.