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Upgrading to Rails 4.1 from Rails 4.0 – Ruby on Rails

Upgrading to Ruby on Rails 4.1 was much easier than moving from 3.2 to 4.0. Maybe because I try to keep all the apps up-2-date, maybe because Rails guys didn’t change much stuff ;) (or maybe both). Either way, lets get through it.

Paperclip – String based terminators are deprecated, please use a lambda

DEPRECATION WARNING: String based terminators are deprecated, please use a lambda. 
(called from has_attached_file at app/config/initializers/paperclip_extensions.rb:22)

Well this one is really simple – just update Paperclip gem:

bundle update paperclip

More about this issue here.

The ability to pass in strings as a class name to set_fixture_class
will be removed

Next deprecation warning:

DEPRECATION WARNING: The ability to pass in strings as a class name to `set_fixture_class`
 will be removed in Rails 4.2. Use the class itself instead. 
(called from block in initialize at gems/activerecord-4.1.0/lib/active_record/fixtures.rb:465)

It you use Rspec you probably won’t see this issue at all (or if you don’t use fixtures). One of my apps unfortunately still does. Solution to this is really simple. Instead of:

set_fixture_class scanlation_categories:  'Scanlation::Category'
set_fixture_class scanlation_chapters:    'Scanlation::Chapter'
set_fixture_class scanlation_pages:       'Scanlation::Page'

use the class name itself (not its string version):

set_fixture_class scanlation_categories:  Scanlation::Category
set_fixture_class scanlation_chapters:    Scanlation::Chapter
set_fixture_class scanlation_pages:       Scanlation::Page

NameError: undefined method `_run_suite’ for class `Test::Unit::Runner’

MiniTest::Unit::TestCase is now Minitest::Test. From /unit/testcase.rb:8:in `<module:Unit>'
rake aborted!
NameError: undefined method `_run_suite' for class `Test::Unit::Runner'
gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `block in require'
gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:232:in `load_dependency'
gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
app/test/test_helper.rb:23:in `<top (required)>'

Just get rid of this line from your test/test_helper.rb file:

require 'test/unit'

cannot load such file — polyamorous (LoadError)

in `require': cannot load such file -- polyamorous (LoadError)
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `block in require'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:232:in `load_dependency'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from /ransack/lib/ransack/adapters/active_record/context.rb:3:in `<top (required)>'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `block in require'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:232:in `load_dependency'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from gems/ransack-d51c78f9071f/lib/ransack/adapters/active_record.rb:4:in `<top (required)>'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `block in require'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:232:in `load_dependency'
from /activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from gems/ransack-d51c78f9071f/lib/ransack.rb:24:in `<top (required)>'
from /bundler-1.5.2/lib/bundler/runtime.rb:76:in `require'
from /bundler-1.5.2/lib/bundler/runtime.rb:76:in `block (2 levels) in require'
from /bundler-1.5.2/lib/bundler/runtime.rb:72:in `each'
from /bundler-1.5.2/lib/bundler/runtime.rb:72:in `block in require'
from /bundler-1.5.2/lib/bundler/runtime.rb:61:in `each'
from /bundler-1.5.2/lib/bundler/runtime.rb:61:in `require'
from /bundler-1.5.2/lib/bundler.rb:131:in `require'
from app/config/application.rb:6:in `<top (required)>'
from app/config/environment.rb:1:in `require'
from app/config/environment.rb:1:in `<top (required)>'
from app/spec/spec_helper.rb:21:in `require'
from app/spec/spec_helper.rb:21:in `<top (required)>'
from app/spec/controllers/portal/announcements_controller_spec.rb:1:in `require'
from app/spec/controllers/portal/announcements_controller_spec.rb:1:in `<top (required)>'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/lib/rspec/core/configuration.rb:932:in `load'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/lib/rspec/core/configuration.rb:932:in `block in load_spec_files'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/lib/rspec/core/configuration.rb:932:in `each'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/lib/rspec/core/configuration.rb:932:in `load_spec_files'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/lib/rspec/core/command_line.rb:21:in `run'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/lib/rspec/core/runner.rb:100:in `run'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/lib/rspec/core/runner.rb:31:in `invoke'
from /rspec-core-3.0.0.beta2/exe/rspec:4:in `<top (required)>'
from /home/mencio/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.1.0@senpuu/bin/rspec:23:in `load'
from /home/mencio/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.1.0@senpuu/bin/rspec:23:in `<main>'
from /home/mencio/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.1.0@senpuu/bin/ruby_executable_hooks:15:in `eval'
from /home/mencio/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.1.0@senpuu/bin/ruby_executable_hooks:15:in `<main>'

To remove this issue, upgrade your Ransack, MetaSearch and Squeel gems to newest versions and/or add this to your Gemfile:

gem 'polyamorous', github: 'activerecord-hackery/polyamorous'

 undefined method `reverse!' for #<ActiveRecord::Relation []>
Shared Example Group: "has valid single" 
called from ./spec/controllers/episodes_controller_spec.rb:13
./lib/system/active_record/nearable.rb:54:in `near'
./app/views/portal/episodes/show.html.haml:43:in `block in _app_views_episodes_show_html_haml'
./app/views/portal/episodes/show.html.haml:1:in `_app_views_episodes_show_html_haml'
./app/controllers/application_controller.rb:68:in `respond_with'
./app/controllers/portal/base_controller.rb:64:in `respond_with'
./app/controllers/portal/episodes_controller.rb:13:in `show'
./spec/support/macros/controllers/actions.rb:80:in `block (4 levels) in <module:Actions>'

With ActiveRecord 4.1, you can’t call reverse! directly on ActiveRecord::Relation. Example:

# This will throw an error
@articles = Article.limit(10).order('created_at DESC').reverse!

Instead you have to cast ActiveRecord::Relation to an array:

@articles = Article.limit(10).order('created_at DESC').to_a.reverse!

Keep in mind, that casting with to_a will deprive you from all benefits of lazy loading with Rails relations so use it carefully. But on the other hand, reverse! on ActiveRecord::Relation did the same, so if you used it and it was ok, than feel free ;)

Undefined method `graft’ for class ActiveRecord::Associations::JoinDependency

gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/core_ext/module/aliasing.rb:32:in `alias_method': 
undefined method `graft' for class `ActiveRecord::Associations::JoinDependency' (NameError)
activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/core_ext/module/aliasing.rb:32:in `alias_method_chain'
from gems/polyamorous-0.6.4/lib/polyamorous/join_dependency.rb:7:in `block in included'
from gems/polyamorous-0.6.4/lib/polyamorous/join_dependency.rb:5:in `class_eval'
from gems/polyamorous-0.6.4/lib/polyamorous/join_dependency.rb:5:in `included'
from gems/polyamorous-0.6.4/lib/polyamorous.rb:20:in `include'
from gems/polyamorous-0.6.4/lib/polyamorous.rb:20:in `<top (required)>'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `block in require'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:232:in `load_dependency'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from gems/ransack/lib/ransack/adapters/active_record/context.rb:3:in `<top (required)>'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `block in require'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:232:in `load_dependency'
from gems/activesupport-4.1.0/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:247:in `require'

Just install the newest version of ransack gem.

gem 'ransack', github: 'ernie/ransack'

Scoped order and limit are ignored, it’s forced to be batch order and batch size

This is quite logical – you can’t have some of orders when batching (for example a RAND()). That’s why ActiveRecord is ignoring it. Just keep that in mind ;)


Token.2.1.0 :001 > Token.order('RAND()').find_each{}
W, [2014-05-09T11:26:46.601539 #11569]  WARN -- : 
Scoped order and limit are ignored, it's forced to be batch order and batch size
D, [2014-05-09T11:26:46.698603 #11569] DEBUG -- :   
Token Load (3.7ms)  SELECT  "accounts".* FROM "accounts"   ORDER BY "accounts"."id" ASC LIMIT 1000

Other issues

Well to be honest I didn’t have any more issues. I’ve decided to remove Squeel gem from all of my projects, since it is not currently maintained. Thanks to that I’ve finally got rid of this irritating deprecation warning:

DEPRECATION WARNING: Core extensions are deprecated and will be removed in Squeel 2.0.
 (called from /app/config/initializers/squeel.rb:2:in `block in <top (required)>')


Rails 4.1 is not a big step, although it is a required one if you want to upgrade to 4.2 in the future. If you have decent test coverage level, you should not have big issues with this upgrade.

Learning Mongoid – Build scalable, efficient Rails web applications with Mongoid – Book review

First of all I will point one thing: I’m not a professional book reviewer. I don’t do this too often. Probably because I don’t have enough time. However, I’ve decided to do a review of “Learning Mongoid” because I wanted to learn something new and Packt Publishing was kind enough to lend me a copy for this review. So here it is. I’ll start with things that I really liked. As usual, there were some things that could be corrected, but if you have Rails experience, this book will be really helpful for you.

7501OS_Learning Mongoid

Things I did like about this book

It’s not extremely long

You may consider this an issue, but I’ve found this really helpful. Chapters aren’t long, so getting through them is not painful. I bet you’ve sometimes wondered “what is the author getting at?”. Not with this one. Chapters (and the book itself) are really consistent. You won’t get bored reading this one or feel like giving up.

A lot of examples

I don’t like theoretical texts and books, without any examples of good practices. We’re developers, we should be able to play around with new stuff that we learn! And one of the things that I really liked about Learning Mongoid is that I was able to copy-paste almost every example and play-around with it on my computer.

Field aliases

Even now I can recall times, where I had to rename fields, so I would be able to create an index for them :). I don’t know why, but this is not a thing that is covered in tutorials or other books (at least not in those that I know). On the other hand this is super useful. I was really surprised to see this one here. It made me realize one thing – this book was written by other guys who develop Rails-Mongoid software.

Geospatial searches and querying in general

When doing a lot of Geolocalization stuff – Mongo can be really helpful and can simplify a lot of things. All basic geo-search options are covered in this book. In general, the whole querying chapter is well-written and together with aggregation framework, it covers all common cases that you may want to use.

Performance tuning and maintenance

Performance is really important. If you don’t do it right, you might end up with really slow application. This book covers the basics of both – performance tuning and Mongoid maintenance, so after reading it you will be able to use some of Mongo and Mongoid properties to gain few seconds of users life ;)

Things I didn’t like about this book

A good book – but not sure whether or not for pros or beginners

Learning Mongoid by Packt Publishing is a solid book about Mongoid, although it lacks some information that would be super useful for beginners. I’ve got a feeling that it covers most of “stuff you need to know to start working with Mongo and Mongoid”, but as mentioned above, when it comes to people who want to start using Mongoid and they know only a bit about Ruby – it can be harsh.

Install RVM – but do this on your own

I know that this book should be (and it is!) about Mongoid, but since we’re talking about it, it is worth at least mentioning how to install RVM, especially because it is one of the prerequisites. 1-2 pages about RVM would be really helpful.

Need some config hints? Well not this time

The second thing that is lacking is a Mongoid setup instruction. Not even a word on what should/should not be in mongoid.yml, what are the most important options, etc. There is even mention of it in the book:

There are entirely new options in mongoid.yml for database configuration

Although none of the changes are listed. No information about replica_set, allow_dynamic_fields, preload_models or any other important setup options. This is a must be in any good Mongoid book.

Want to upgrade to most recent Mongoid version? We won’t help you out :(

I’ve mentioned that below, but I will point it out again. Authors say, that there are several differences between new and old Mongoid, although they don’t list them (except IdentityMap). I think they should.

Want to migrate your app to Mongoid?

Maybe you want to move your app from ActiveRecord to Mongoid (I did it few times myself)? If so, “Learning Mongoid” will help you handle Mongo part, but it won’t help you with the migration process itself. Sodibee (example book app) is a Mongoid base app. Maybe authors assumed, that if you master ActiveRecord and Mongoid, you don’t need any extra help to switch between them…


Would I recommend this book? Yes – I already have! It can be a solid Mongo and Mongoid starting point for begginers (apart some issues that I’ve mentioned) and a “knowledge refresher” for people that use Mongoid longer that few weeks. It is well written and it has a lot of examples. Really a good one about Mongoid.

If you’re interested in buying this book, you can get it here.

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