Importing flat CSV into two tables and maintaining a relationship

Hello,

I'm new to Ruby on Rails and I've been really enjoying the framework.
I have recently hit a wall that I can't seem to get around. I've
searched to web and haven't found an answer(and my agile development
with rails book hasn't arrived).....

My problem: I have a CSV file that has information about recreation
programs, and the buildings that each program is housed in. It is in
a one line format.

So,

Building name | Location | Program name | Description of program |
Time |

Buildings have many programs, but programs only have one building.

I need to import this CSV into a mysql database. I can do this using
migrations and FasterCSV. There are duplicate entries for buildings,
and I only want each building entered into the database once, which I
could use validates uniqueness to ensure.

The wall I've encountered is how do I maintain the relationship
between programs and buildings throughout this import process?

Ie I want to be able to list the programs in each building...

Many Thanks and apologies if there is a very obvious solution that I
am missing,

Jay

Use:

   current_building = Building.find_or_create_by_name(bldg_name)

If you need to do something differently when the Building was created (like setup more attributes), you can:

   # new_record? is false on create, but nil on find
   unless current_building.new_record?.nil?
     ...
   end

Then I assume you have something like:

   current_building.programs.create(...)

or:

   new_program.building = current_building

when you create the new program from the CSV data.

-Rob

Rob Biedenharn http://agileconsultingllc.com
Rob@AgileConsultingLLC.com