Flowdock
method

count

Importance_2
count(column_name = nil) public

Count the records.

Person.count
# => the total count of all people

Person.count(:age)
# => returns the total count of all people whose age is present in database

Person.count(:all)
# => performs a COUNT(*) (:all is an alias for '*')

Person.distinct.count(:age)
# => counts the number of different age values

If #count is used with {Relation#group}[rdoc-ref:QueryMethods#group], it returns a Hash whose keys represent the aggregated column, and the values are the respective amounts:

Person.group(:city).count
# => { 'Rome' => 5, 'Paris' => 3 }

If #count is used with {Relation#group}[rdoc-ref:QueryMethods#group] for multiple columns, it returns a Hash whose keys are an array containing the individual values of each column and the value of each key would be the #count.

Article.group(:status, :category).count
# =>  {["draft", "business"]=>10, ["draft", "technology"]=>4,
       ["published", "business"]=>0, ["published", "technology"]=>2}

If #count is used with {Relation#select}[rdoc-ref:QueryMethods#select], it will count the selected columns:

Person.select(:age).count
# => counts the number of different age values

Note: not all valid {Relation#select}[rdoc-ref:QueryMethods#select] expressions are valid #count expressions. The specifics differ between databases. In invalid cases, an error from the database is thrown.

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