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Do Not Want: Stops ActiveRecord from doing things you probably didn't want

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Do Not Want

DESCRIPTION:

Several methods in ActiveRecord skip validations, callbacks, or both. In my extremely humble but also extremely correct opinion, it's too easy to accidentally use these.

Do Not Want kills those methods dead so you won't cut yourself on them:

>> User.new.update_attribute(:foo, 5)
DoNotWant::NotSafe: User#update_attribute isn't safe because it skips validation

Why Do It Do It?

In my experience, even experienced Rails developers don't know which ActiveRecord methods skip validations and callbacks. Quick: which of decrement, decrement!, and decrement_counter skip which? (Hint: they're all different.)

How Do It Do It?

It define_methods them away.

But! Calls to the unsafe methods are allowed from within gems. This keeps Rails from breaking, and allows third-party code to do as it pleases while keeping your app as jank-free as possible.

The disabled instance methods are:

decrement
decrement!
increment
increment!
toggle
toggle!
update_attribute

The disabled class methods are:

decrement_counter
delete
delete_all
find_by_sql
increment_counter
update_all
update_counters

The particular transgressions that these methods make are documented in the source.

The Rails ActiveRecord guide contains lists of methods that skip validation and callbacks. That's where this list came from.

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