Beginner: has_many relationship Active Record Associations

Hi There,

I got stuck in a Problem with Active Record Associations.

There are some Meals and each meal has many sides.

But it's only this single direction - so a side don't need to belong
to the meal. I don't wanna search: "Give me the meals where side
is ..."

I'll show you the problem with an example:

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

So one Side could be associated with many meals.

But I'm not shure how to create this with active Record.

I thought it should be enough to do this:

class Meal < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :sides

class Side < ActiveRecord::Base

But the meal_id is saved at the Side - so a side will only belong to
the last associated Meal - am I right?

Thanks allot for your help

You want a habtm relationship, or a :through a join model (named like ‘Siding’ to demonstrate its intention to link Side to something).
Consider also that i may order two sides of the same item with one main… you need a join table to model that.

Also have a look at the Rails Guide on ActiveRecord Associations.
That may help to clarify things.