Comparing between different attributes. programming noobie

Hi currently i am have a app that checks the cheapest price between
colums/attributes

if model.attribute1 < model.attribute 2

  result = model.attribute 1

else

if model .....
  result = model. att2

else

if model att3 <

is there any easier method to do this??

the attributes have different names so i don't know use a loop and
change the attribute via a counter.

So your models have a number of columns and you want to find the smallest one?

Two possible ways: listing the good attribute names

model.attributes.values_at('name1', 'name2', 'name3).min

Or all columns except the listed ones

model.attributes.except('id', 'something').values.min

or all attributes matching a certain pattern

model.attributes.reject {|k, v| k !~ /some_pattern/}.values.min

Fred

Thanks that was what I needed to know!

Just another question:
How about if I need to call out the name of the column as well as the value
it shows if that column has the minimum value.

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung

Thanks that was what I needed to know!

Just another question:
How about if I need to call out the name of the column as well as
the value
it shows if that column has the minimum value.

something like model.attributes.(except or slice or reject).sort {|
first, second| first[1] <=> second[1]}
This will return a sorted array of key value pairs.

Fred

Thanks a lot. I'll try implementing it in my code soon.

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung

Another question about .attributes

Now that I am working on it the I don't know to call out the header name of
the coloumn.

Btw I am looking through the ruby api but I just can't seem to find this
info, where do u learn .attribute from??? Could u also send me the link?

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung

Another question about .attributes

Now that I am working on it the I don't know to call out the header
name of
the coloumn.

Btw I am looking through the ruby api but I just can't seem to find
this
info, where do u learn .attribute from??? Could u also send me the
link?

if you're looking through the ruby api you won't find it because you
need to be looking at the rails ones. There are quite a few places
which display the docs in a variety of formats, including http://api.rubyonrails.com/

Fred

I'm looking through the ruby api one at the moemtn. When I look for
"attributes" they show me the methods but where is the .attribute version?

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung

I'm looking through the ruby api one at the moemtn. When I look for
"attributes" they show me the methods but where is the .attribute
version?

.attribute doesn't exist

Fred

So where do I learn to use the .attribute from and its syntax ?

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung

So where do I learn to use the .attribute from and its syntax ?

You don't because there is no such method (unless we are talking at
cross purposes)

Fred

Not the method but the "attribute" in "model.attributes.value.min" (i don't
know what u call this type of object)

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung

Not the method but the "attribute" in
"model.attributes.value.min" (i don't
know what u call this type of object)

Sorry, but I've no idea what you're going on about.

Fred

Let me try to rephrase: where do u learn the how to manipulate the model
with those extensions. For instance (model. "attribute". "value") where do u
learn that u can add those values to the model so that u can bring something
like the attribute or the cell value of the record out I can't seem to find
any resource on it. The api gives methods but not this(or maybe I can't seem
to find where it is in the api)

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung

Let me try to rephrase: where do u learn the how to manipulate the
model
with those extensions. For instance (model. "attribute". "value")
where do u
learn that u can add those values to the model so that u can bring
something
like the attribute or the cell value of the record out I can't seem
to find
any resource on it. The api gives methods but not this(or maybe I
can't seem
to find where it is in the api)

if you have an instance of a model, some of the methods are part of
the api, but some are added at runtime based on information from the
database. So for example if your users table has a name column then
instances of User will have a name method, but there is nowhere you
can look that up. There are a few other places where rails generates
methods at run time (eg dynamic finders).

Fred

Thanks for your help.

[mailto:rubyonrails-talk@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Frederick Cheung