Updates a single attribute and saves the record without going through the normal validation procedure. This is especially useful for boolean flags on existing records. The regular update_attribute method in Base is replaced with this when the validations module is mixed in, which it is by default.
# File activerecord/lib/active_record/base.rb, line 2658 def update_attribute(name, value) send(name.to_s + '=', value) save(false) end
Even if you update only a small boolean flag on your record, update_attribute will generate an UPDATE statement that will include all the fields of the record, including huge BLOB and TEXT columns. Take this in account.
Despite the name and description, it will actually update any changed fields on the model rather than just the desired attribute.
def update_attribute(name, value) send(name.to_s + '=', value) save(false) end
See? Use update_all and pass in the model ID as a condition, instead.