storing a hash in the data base

Hi Gady,

Another (much lighter) way of doing this is with the 'serliaze'declaration, that serializes hashes or arrays automagically.

class Element < ActiveRecord::Base    serialize :variables end

Then you can just do setters with:

element.variables = {:price => '4', :availability => '7 Days'}

And the getter becomes: element.variables[:price]

This way, you don't need additional classes, tables or relationships.


Sorry, forgot to mention that 'variables' must be a text attribute on Element.