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=LegacyMigrations This plugin implements a simple, expressive syntax for migrating data from one data structure to another. Here's a simple example: require 'legacy_migrations' transfer_from Person, :to => Animal do from :name, :to => :pet_name end This transfers data from the people table to the animals table, mapping the people's _name_ column to animals' _pet\_name_ column. But that's just the beginning. This plugin also: * Reports invalid data by using your application's own validation errors for easy data cleanup (just use ActiveRecord validations and after running the script from the command line, the output will give you helpful details about validation errors.) * Maps foreign keys between the databases (currently not implemented) * Gives you a bunch of options for mapping fields between tables. == Example In some file in your rails app (perhaps db/seeds.rb?) require 'legacy_migrations' transfer_from Person, :to => Animal do from :name, :to => :pet_name from :sex, :to => :gender do |sex| sex == 'm' ? 'male' : 'female' end end OR, copy all columns with the same name transfer_from Person, :to => Animal do match_same_name_attributes end Here's a slightly more thorough blog post about it: http://frontended.com/?p=89 Copyright (c) 2010 Bernie Telles, released under the MIT license