Associations Problem

Hi guys,
I'm having a strange error in one of my model relationships and it's
driving me crazy

I have:
class Target < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :sections
end

class Section < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :target
  has_many :line_items
end

class LineItem < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :section
end

When I do the following in script/console:
s = LineItem.last.section (s.id is 21, as is LineItem.last.section_id as well)
s.target

I get the Section instance, and the logger shows no query to the
targets table. However, if I do:
s = Section.find(21)
s.target

I get the right Target instance.

Even more strange is that if I do:
s = LineItem.last.section
s.target.target (twice the target message)

I get the right Target instance.

I'm using Rails 2.3.5 and I'm getting this warning, but I'm not sure
if it has something to do with it:
vendor/rails/activerecord/lib/active_record/associations/association_proxy.rb:217:
warning: default `to_a' will be obsolete

Any clue?

Thanx a lot in advance.

When I do the following in script/console:
s = LineItem.last.section (s.id is 21, as is LineItem.last.section_id as well)
s.target

I get the Section instance, and the logger shows no query to the
targets table. However, if I do:
s = Section.find(21)
s.target

I get the right Target instance.

Even more strange is that if I do:
s = LineItem.last.section
s.target.target (twice the target message)

I get the right Target instance.

If you do some_line_item.section what you get back isn't a section but
an association proxy. If you do anything that actually requires the
section object, active record will load it and send the method calls
to it. Unfortunately for you the method on association proxy that
returns the actual object for the association is called target.

Fred

See http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/ReservedWords for more
words you can't use.

Colin

When I do the following in script/console:
s = LineItem.last.section (s.id is 21, as is LineItem.last.section_id as well)
s.target

I get the Section instance, and the logger shows no query to the
targets table. However, if I do:
s = Section.find(21)
s.target

I get the right Target instance.

Even more strange is that if I do:
s = LineItem.last.section
s.target.target (twice the target message)

I get the right Target instance.

If you do some_line_item.section what you get back isn't a section but
an association proxy. If you do anything that actually requires the
section object, active record will load it and send the method calls
to it. Unfortunately for you the method on association proxy that
returns the actual object for the association is called target.

Thanks a lot, Frederick. Just the words I needed.

See http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/ReservedWords for more
words you can't use.

Thanks Colin!, great tip! I didn't know this.