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June 8, 2016
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SOCKET LIBRARY IN RUBY ON RAILS

There are basically two levels of accessing network services in case of rails .

The socket and network libraries are such important parts of integrating Ruby applications with the Internet and other communications-based environments.

One is through socket libraries provide low level access to connection oriented and connection-less protocols. Where user can implement client and server connection. Ruby is also having Network libraries that provide users a high level access to specific network protocols like FTP,HTTP and Etc.

At a low level, you can access the basic socket support in the underlying operating system, which allows you to implement clients and servers for both connection-oriented and connectionless protocols. Ruby also has libraries that provide higher-level access to specific application-level network protocols, such as FTP, HTTP, and so on.

What are Sockets?

Sockets are basically a bidirectional communications channel. Sockets may communicate within a process, between processes on the same machine, or between processes on different continents. Sockets can be implemented on different channels : Unix domain sockets, TCP, UDP, and so on. The socket library mainly provides specific classes and interface for handling a transports.

A SimpleClient:

Hereis a very basic client program which will open up a connection to a given port and given host. Ruby class TCPSocket provides open function to open a socket. The TCPSocket.open(hosname, port ) opens a TCP connection to hostname & theport.

Once socket is open, you can actually read that particular thing like IO object. When it’s done, just remember to close it, as you close that file. The following code connects to a given host and port, reads any available data from the socket, and then exits:

require ‘socket’ # Socket in standard library

hostname = ‘localhost’

port = 8080

s = TCPSocket.open(hostname, port)

while line = s.gets # Gets and Read the lines from the socket

puts line.chop # And print with platform line terminator end

s.close # socket Closed

A Simple Server: To write Internet servers, we basically use this TCPServer class. A TCPServer object is a factory for TCPSocket objects. Now call TCPServer.open(hostname, port function to specify a port for your service and create a TCPServer object. Next, call the accept method of the returned TCPServer object. This particular method waits till client connects to the port you specified above, and then returns a TCPSocket object that basically represents the connection to that client.

require ‘socket’ # Get sockets from stdlib server = TCPServer.open(8080) # Socket to listen on port 8080 loop { # Servers run forever

client = server.accept       # Wait for a client to connect
client.puts(Time.now.ctime)  # Send the time to the client
client.puts "Closing the connection. Bye!"
client.close                 # Disconnect from the client

}

Now run this server in background and then run above client to see the result.

June 7, 2016
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foreign_key option

It is also possible to specify that add_foreign_key should be added to the schema:

add_reference(:products, :supplier, foreign_key: true)
May 25, 2016
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Active Record Import

With activerecord-import, you’d just add your records to an array and call import:

records_to_import = pricing_data.map do |location, price|
  Inventory.new(location: location, price: price) 
end

Inventory.import records_to_import 
May 25, 2016
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May 25, 2016 - (v1.0.0 - v3.1.0)
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May 19, 2016 - (>= v4.1.8)
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Careful with arel column

I use what @equivalent suggests a lot but be careful, you MUST state the direction otherwise methods like take/last/first will fail silently!

StatusChange.arel_table[‘created_at’]. asc

not:

StatusChange.arel_table[‘created_at’]

May 5, 2016
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more loops

fruits = [‘apple’,‘orange”]

fruits.each do |fruit|

puts "A fruit of type: #{fruit}"

end

May 4, 2016 - (v1_9_3_392)
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April 12, 2016
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`value` or `text` method with parameter.

If your value or text method requires a parameter, like to_s(:select) then you need to create a separate method that references that in your model, like:

def to_s_select
  to_s(:select)
end

You can’t pass it in as a string like 'to_s(:select)'.

You have to use :to_s_select or 'to_s_select'.

March 23, 2016
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RE: RE: FALSE: Creates record by given attributes only if table is empty

keredson is still a little off on the behavior.

>> Where in reality this would grab the “first” record (say w/ email “john@smith.com”), and change its email to “derek@somwhere.com”, a fairly surprising action that doesn’t obviously fail, leading to some pretty subtle bugs.

This isn’t right, as if you look at the source it calls: “first || create(attributes, &block)”

So in the example of:

User.first_or_create(email: 'derek@somwhere.com')

it would find the first user with any email, and return it. And thats it. The attributes passed in as params are only used in the event that first returns no matches, and create is called.

I’m using it in a way similar to:

Foo.where(bar: baz_params[:bar]).first_or_create(baz_params)

This will find the first Foo where bar is equal to the bar sent from baz_params. If none is found, it will create it. It’s useful for me when importing large amounts of data where I know there will be duplicate records.

March 21, 2016
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Should include information about optional block

If a block exists, will return true if any records in the relation is true for the given block. Otherwise, returns true is there are any records.

March 21, 2016
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Description

Selects the first record within a relation if it exists, otherwise creates a new record with the optional attributes.

March 17, 2016
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No grammatical error

rajivekjain:

“A, B, and C” is correct in English, and is preferred by most style manuals. “A, B and C” is also correct in English. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma

March 17, 2016 - (>= v4.2.1)
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Default values

By default :on_update and :on_delete have :restrict value.

March 11, 2016 - (>= v4.0.2)
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Ordering on associations using merge

For ordering on the attribute of an associated model you can add joins to query and merge order scope:

Product.joins(:category).merge(Category.order(priority: :desc))
March 6, 2016
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RE: FALSE: Creates record by given attributes only if table is empty

Dino’s comment was almost certainly due to a misunderstanding of the API, a mistake I made myself the first time I used it, and one I’ve witnessed multiple others make as well.

The fact that this method takes an attributes parameter leads one to think the passed params are the criteria for the selection. At first glance it would appear it would be used like this:

User.first_or_create(email: 'derek@somwhere.com')

Where in reality this would grab the “first” record (say w/ email “john@smith.com”), and change its email to “derek@somwhere.com”, a fairly surprising action that doesn’t obviously fail, leading to some pretty subtle bugs.

In reality it should be used like this:

User.where(email: 'derek@somwhere.com').first_or_create

And the attributes param. isn’t used in 99% of use cases. (If at all - the provision for the block that executes only on create fully duplicates what the attributes parameter can do in a much more obvious way.)

IMHO this is simply a bad API that one just needs to be aware of. But it’s unfair to knock dino for what’s likely a highly common misreading.

March 4, 2016 - (>= v4.0.2)
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FALSE: Creates record by given attributes only if table is empty

I very much doubt that dino’s comment was ever correct, but it certainly isn’t correct now. The behavior liantics describes is correct.

February 14, 2016
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Text values for enum

There is way to have text values for enum. It is useful to have localized select options and latin values in database. 1) User model: enum kind: { ‘текст’=>‘text’, ‘изображение’=>‘picture’, ‘звук’=>‘audio’, ‘видео’=>‘video’ } 2) Edit view: <%= select_tag ‘user[kind]’, options_for_select(User.kinds, @user.kind) %>

February 12, 2016
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group on hash

def group_by_hash hash, value
  hash.group_by do |k,v| 
    v > value ? "Big" : "Small"
  end
end

marks = {"Chair" => 30, "Table" => 40, "Bed" => 60, "stool" => 20}
group_by_hash(marks, 30)
February 12, 2016 - (<= v4.2.1)
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Generate Token

For generate a token, make this:

def generate_token
  self.token = SecureRandom.uuid
end

SecureRandom return a number random and the uuid make this number be unique. This a good idea for use in shopping cart, for example

February 4, 2016
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Fetch with default value

You can specify default value as a fail-back if a hash doesn’t have a given key.

{a: false}.fetch(:b, true)
=> true
{a: false}.fetch(:a, true)
=> false

It is useful especially in the case where you want to set default value for a method.

def initialize(args)
  @foo = args.fetch(:foo, 1)
  @bar = args.fetch(:bar, 2)

  # This can take over the following way.
  # `@bar = args[:bar] || 2` 
  # => @bar is overwritten if caller specifies nil for :bar!
end
February 3, 2016 - (v4.0.2 - v4.2.1)
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Params of conditions

You can pass an proc for o callback with the conditions

before_action :initial_value, only: [:index, :show], unless: -> { @foo.nil? }

before_action :initial_value, only: [:index, :show], if: -> { @foo }
February 3, 2016 - (v4.0.2 - v4.2.1)
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Params of conditions

You can pass an proc for o callback with the conditions

after_action :initial_value, only: [:index, :show], unless: -> { @foo.nil? }

after_action :initial_value, only: [:index, :show], if: -> { @foo }
January 28, 2016
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the method to make 'day' disappear.

If you wanna show “year” and “month” only, you can use “order” to do it:

select_date(Date.current, order: [:year, :month])

That’s it.

January 22, 2016
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Creates record by given attributes only if table is empty

This method first searches the table for ANY FIRST RECORD, not the one matching given attributes. If no record is found at all, it creates one using the specified attributes. This might be misunderstood in many cases.

January 22, 2016
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Errno::EEXIST

When Errno::EEXIST is raised, it indicates there are permission issues, rather than an existing item.

January 6, 2016
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What about Marshal remote code execution risks?

Good suggestion about using Marshal to avoid cycles, astgtciv, but what about the security risks of doing that?

See http://ruby-doc.org/core-2.2.2/Marshal.html where it states:

By design, ::load can deserialize almost any class loaded into the Ruby process. In many cases this can lead to remote code
execution if the Marshal data is loaded from an untrusted source.

As a result, ::load is not suitable as a general purpose serialization format and you should never unmarshal user supplied input or other
untrusted data.

If you need to deserialize untrusted data, use JSON or another serialization format that is only able to load simple,primitive’ types such
as String, Array, Hash, etc. Never allow user input to specify arbitrary types to deserialize into.
January 4, 2016 - (>= v1_9_3_392)
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Also implemented by other classes

It’s worth noting that this method is also implemented by other classes like Proc, Range and even String.

Most of these are missing proper examples, but you can find some useful examples here:

http://www.blackbytes.info/2015/10/ruby-case/

January 3, 2016
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Setting HTTP_REFERER

If your integration test is checking for correct behavior of a redirect to the request referer, you can set the referring path in the headers hash with syntax like:

patch update_user_role_path, { user: {role: "vip"} }, { 'HTTP_REFERER' => user_url } 
assert_redirected_to user_url