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Lessons:- A Problem with the Data Model (and a Solution)

  A Problem with the Data Model (and a Solution)


As a first step toward constructing a data model for following users, let’s examine a typical case. For instance, consider a user who follows a second user: We could say that, e.g., Calvin is following Hobbes, and Hobbes is followed by Calvin, so that Calvin is the follower and Hobbes is followed. Using Rails’ default pluralization convention, the set of all users following a given user is that user’s followers, and user.followers is an array of those users. Unfortunately, the reverse doesn’t work: By default, the set of all followed users would be called the followeds, which is ungrammatical and clumsy



We could call them following, but that’s ambiguous: In normal English, a ‘‘following’’ is the set of people following you, i.e., your followers—exactly the opposite of the intended meaning. Although we will use ‘‘following’’ as a label, as in ‘‘50 following, 75 followers,’’ we’ll use ‘‘followed users’’ for the users themselves, with a corresponding user.followed_users array.2

       This discussion suggests modeling the followed users as in Figure 11.6, with a followed_users table and a has_many association. Since user.followed_users should be an array of users, each row of the followed_users table would need to be a user, as identified by the followed_id, together with the follower_id to establish

Neha  Jaggi

Skills    Ruby On Rails

Qualifications :- High School - , College/University - Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun, College/University - ,
Location :-Dehradun,Dehradun,UTTARAKHAND,India

Experienced Software Developer with a demonstrated history of working in the Information Technology and services industry. Skilled in Web Technologies (Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, php, Laravel and AJAX). 


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