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When to use scoped models?

Tang Rufus asked in Rails

In Refactoring CSV Uploads with ActiveModel::Model Download , you make a scoped class User::Import.
When should we use scoped class like this?

And, how does it different from rails generate model user/import?



I'd say any time you're making supporting classes. For example User::Import should be a separate class from User to provide the functionality we want, but at the same time it's really closely tied together with User. That's usually a good sign it deserves being in a module like that.

If you use the generate model functionality, that would actually create a full ActiveRecord object and database table. In this case, I don't need to store the uploaded CSV files, so using an ActiveRecord model isn't necessary. We use ActiveModel::Model to give a regular Ruby class much of the same functionality as an ActiveRecord::Base object would have. That's what makes it easy to create a form_for @user_import.

Make sense?

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