Eager Finder SQL

Hi, I just uploaded a Rails plugin that allows you to specify custom
SQL when doing a find with associations (AKA eager loading).

One of the problems I encountered when implementing the Chacha
Underground (http://underground.chacha.com) was being able to use
queries provided by the DBA to efficiently get all the informaion I
needed to render a page. In some cases, I needed to go two or three
associations deep in a model and the SQL generated by ActiveRecord was
either inadequate or lead to huge result sets. My solution was to
create a mixin that allowed my to specify a :finder_sql option to the
find method. In conjunction with the :column_mapping option, I could
then have full control of the queries generated and reduce the number
and overhead of the queries needed to render a page.

Please check out my blog entry on it for a fuller description:
http://kellogg-assoc.com/articles/2006/11/05/eager-finder-sql.

Gregg Kellogg

Hi

Please check out my blog entry on it for a fuller description:
http://kellogg-assoc.com/articles/2006/11/05/eager-finder-sql.
  
Wow. Fantastic. I have had to write some very complicated custom SQL queries for a project and this looks like a great way for me to get the results back into the OO model!

If this works the way it appears to then it should definitely become part of core Rails...!

Ed W