Right now, if you have a new application with some models (such as
Project), if you open the console, this will happen:
:001 > Project => Project (call 'Project.connection' to establish a connection)
To me, this is an extra step that I never want to not take. So I always workaround it by adding an initializer:
Rails.application.console do # Start the connection right away. This avoids cases like opening the console and doing this: # :001 > Project # => Project (call 'Project.connection' to establish a connection) # When you clearly wanted to see the Project's attributes ApplicationRecord.connection end
I personally fail to see a case where I would prefer the “don’t connect right away” option, so I’m thinking that maybe this should be the default?
Note, if any of your initializers or models or controllers or lib or … uses the database during startup, then this behavior is skipped and the connection will be already established when you reach the console. So it is pretty likely that, for most applications, the current default behavior goes away at one point just because someone wrote unrelated code. So in a way, I feel this is mostly friction for new comers only.