jacopo beschi: yet another web guy

Thinner Rails Model with the Finder Pattern

Created at: Mar/20/2017 jacopo beschi

Hello everybody, today I want to share with you a pattern learned from gitlab: the finder pattern.

Most of the time when you want to find an item based on a set of different conditions you do something like this:

class Project
    def issues_for_user_filtered_by(user, filter)
        # A lot of logic not related to project model itself

By doing that you end up having a lot of methods that does not really belong to the Model logic. A better solution is through the finder pattern:

issues = IssuesFinder.new(project, user, filter).execute

What the finder does is to accept a set of parameters and return an ActiveRecord::Associations::CollectionProxy that you can use for further filtering/mapping operations.

You can find a complete example of a finder following this link

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