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### See the new official repo at ###
Many have said that ActiveResource is not really "complete". On the surface,
this means that some features that are documented aren't implemented. Digging a
little deeper, we find that some features that should exist don't.
Arguably, a "complete" ActiveResource would behave like ActiveRecord or, as the
rdoc for ActiveResource states "very similarly to Active Record".
Hyperactive Resource is MDL's extension to ActiveResource::Base written to
support our Patient Registry and goes a long way towards the goal of an
ActiveResource that behaves like ActiveRecord.
* Client side validations
* Hooks for before_validate, before_save
* Dynamic finders: find_by_X
* save!
* Awareness of associations between resources: belongs_to, has_many, has_one & columns
* returns nil instead of MethodMissing
* returns [] instead of MethodMissing
* pat =; pat.gender_id = 1; pat.gender #Will return find the gender obj
* Resources can be associated with records
* Records can be associated with records
* ActiveRecord-like attributes= (updates rather than replaces)
* ActiveRecord-like #load that doesn't #dup attributes (stores direct reference)
* Supports saving resources that :include other resources via:
* Nested resource saving (creating a patient will create their associated addresses)
* Mapping associations ([:gender].id will serialize as :gender_id)
1. Install the plugin via:
cd path/to/rails_root/vendor/plugins
git clone git://
2. Create a HyperactiveResource where you would normally use ActiveResource
and define the meta-data/associations that drive the dynamic magic:
class Address < HyperactiveResource
self.columns = [ :street_address, :city, :zipcode, :home_phone_number ]
self.belong_tos = [ :country, :state ]
self.has_manys = [ :people ]
3. Enjoy the magic
address = # nil instead of method_missing
address.country_id = 5 #Returns Country.find(5)
Copyright (c) 2008 Medical Decision Logic, released under the MIT license
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