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Better Single-Table Inheritance through Model Delegation

I’ve seen several articles recently on the evils of single table inheritance in Rails apps. While it can be problematic, I recently tried an approach to STI that I think works well.

Here’s what it boils down to: Put common attributes in a single table, non-shared attributes in separate tables with foreign key references, and use object delegation so that each model transparently pulls what it needs from both.

For details, see this post.

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Can you check your code example? "def_delegators" is undefinedthehoagie - October 21, 2013 20:39

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