The Idiomatically Correct Way To Make An Instance Of A Many To One Relationship Model

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Having a many-to-one model relationship in Rails, an instance of such model can be manually made inserting the other model foreign id, but that is not the most natural way to express it in Rails.

The most common way to write such relationship in Rails is to create the related model through its association.


Having the following models

graph LR; User--has_many-->Article;

then each Article would have an user_id foreign key.

Manually assign FK

The manually form for creating an Article instance with an associated User would be to create an User and assign its id to the Article’s user_id

@user = User.create(name: "John")
@article = "Foobar", user_id:

Create through association

Creating an article through the user instance would automagically set Article.user_id.

@user = User.create(name: "John")
@article = "Foobar")


Marcelo Canina
I'm Marcelo Canina, a developer from Uruguay. I build websites and web-based applications from the ground up and share what I learn here.
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