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ActiveResource Basics using Rails 4.2.4


To learn how to use ActiveResource 4.0 gem with Rails 4.2.4 Rails apps.


Step 1

Add the activeresource gem to the Gemfile and run bundle:

gem 'activeresource'

Step 2

Generate the book application using scaffold.

$rails g scaffold book title:string isbn:string

If you make any mistakes you can do:

$rails destroy scaffold book

Step 3

Create an inventory application.

rails g scaffold inventory quantity:integer isbn:string

Step 4

Create a Inventory class in models folder in the book application.

require 'active_resource'

class Inventory < ActiveResource::Base = 'http://localhost:3001'

Note: You have to require active_resource to play with it in the rails console.

require 'active_resource'

Step 5

Run the book application on port 3000 and the inventory application on port 3001. Create a book in the book application and an inventory record in the inventory application. Make sure the isbn is the same in both cases.

Step 6

Now, let's go to the rails console of the book application and find an inventory.

$ rails c
Loading development environment (Rails 4.2.4)
 > i = Inventory.find(1)
 => #<Inventory:0x007ffed69614f0 @attributes={"id"=>1, "quantity"=>100, "isbn"=>"1z", "created_at"=>"2015-11-07T16:51:32.735Z", "updated_at"=>"2015-11-07T16:51:32.735Z"}, @prefix_options={}, @persisted=true> 

We found the inventory record that we had created using the inventory application UI. You can see the request made to the remote service in the terminal.

 Started GET "/inventories/1.json" for ::1 at 2015-11-07 08:54:43 -0800
 Processing by InventoriesController#show as JSON
   Parameters: {"id"=>"1"}
   Inventory Load (0.1ms)  SELECT  "inventories".* FROM "inventories" WHERE "inventories"."id" = ? LIMIT 1  [["id", 1]]
   Rendered inventories/show.json.jbuilder (3.1ms)
 Completed 200 OK in 9ms (Views: 8.0ms | ActiveRecord: 0.1ms)

Step 7

You can use ActiveRecord like query to find records.

x = Inventory.where(isbn: '1z')
  => #<ActiveResource::Collection:0x007ffed6908d28 @elements=[#<Inventory:0x007ffed6908b70 @attributes={"id"=>1, "quantity"=>100, "isbn"=>"1z", "url"=>"http://localhost:3001/inventories/1.json"}, @prefix_options={}, @persisted=true>], @resource_class=Inventory, @original_params={:isbn=>"1z"}>

This returns ActiveResource::Collection instance.

  > x.class
   => ActiveResource::Collection 

Step 8

We can get an array of Inventory objects by calling the to_a method on it.

elements = x.to_a
=> [#<Inventory:0x007ffed6908b70 @attributes={"id"=>1, "quantity"=>100, "isbn"=>"1z", "url"=>"http://localhost:3001/inventories/1.json"}, @prefix_options={}, @persisted=true>]
element = elements[0]
 => #<Inventory:0x007ffed6908b70 @attributes={"id"=>1, "quantity"=>100, "isbn"=>"1z", "url"=>"http://localhost:3001/inventories/1.json"}, @prefix_options={}, @persisted=true> 
 > element.class
 => Inventory 

Step 9

We have 100 books.

=> 100 


In this article we saw how to use ActiveResource 4.0 gem with Rails 4.2.4 apps.

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