This is a follow up to Creating “feeds” from multiple, different Rails models. In this question, tadman suggests this method of creating a user feed of recent items from three models (Ticket, Post, Report):
@items = [ Ticket, Post, Report ].inject([ ]) do |a, with_class| a + with_class.find(:all, :limit => 10, :order => 'created_at DESC') end.sort_by(&:created_at).reverse[0, 10]
He suggests this as a method that will work, but that won’t necessarily be the most efficient. He suggests as well than an alternative method would be to “create an index table that’s got a polymorphic association with the various records.”
I’m really interested in learning more about this alternative solution, it seems both more efficient and more elegant. Can anyone tell me how one would do this? Let’s use the same background info from the last question as a base.
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What I did once was, have a separate model Feed (feeds_controller) and update it in after_save callbacks to all the
interesting models. So for example if you have a model Article, have an after_save callback:
def after_save feed = Feed.new feed[:model_name] = 'Article' feed[:item_id] = id feed.save end
then, you can access the feed linearly just like any other model. The computational expense is incurred when saving the the feed, not reading from the feed.
Oh, you can also have
Feed has_many :article; has_many :user, has_many :status and so forth, and then
:include all those resources in the feed, and render them in views. Hope this makes sense 😉