Given the following class definitions,
class Address belongs_to :addressable, :polymorphic => true end class Person has_many :addresses, :as => addressable end class Vendor < Person end
and given the following code,
vendor = Vendor.create(...) address = vendor.addresses.create(...) p vendor p address
#<Vendor id: 1, type: "Vendor" ...> #<Address id: 1, addressable_id: 1, addressable_type: 'Person' ...>
Notice that addressable_type column is Person even though the actual class is Vendor.
Normally, this isn't a problem, however it can have negative performance characteristic in certain circumstances. The most obvious one is that a join with persons or an extra query is required to find out the actual type of addressable.
This gem add ActiveRecord::Base.store_base_sti_class configuration option. It defaults to true for backwards compatibility. Setting it false will alter ActiveRecord's behavior to store the actual class in polymorphic _type columns when STI is used.
In the example above, if the ActiveRecord::Base.store_base_sti_class is false, the output will be,
#<Vendor id: 1, type: "Vendor" ...> #<Address id: 1, addressable_id: 1, addressable_type: 'Vendor' ...>
Add the following line to your Gemfile,
then bundle install. Once you have the gem installed, add the following to one of the initializers (or make a new one) in config/initializers,
ActiveRecord::Base.store_base_sti_class = false
When changing this behavior you will have write a migration to update all of your existing _type columns accordingly. You may also need to change your application if it explicitly relies on the _type columns.
The gem has been originally extracted out of github.com/pkmiec/rails/tree/store_base_sti_class_for_3_0_4 patch. It allows the functionality to be used in applications that include Rails as a gem.
Currently, it works with Rails ~> 3.0.5.
This gem will not work with Rails 3.1 as much of its ActiveRecord internals have been replaced with Arel. Similar but different changes need to be applied to Rails 3.1. Those changes will come.
Still using Rails 2.3?
A patch for Rails 2.3 existed which I used until I switched to Rails 3 (sorry, I don't know the original author of that Rails 2.3 patch). I've attached that patch in form of two diffs to this repo. See polymorphic_and_sti_fix_for_rails_2.3-1.diff and polymorphic_and_sti_fix_for_rails_2.3-2.diff. Note, I was using Rails 2.3.4 so YMMV with 2.3.11.
Copyright © 2011 Paul Kmiec. See LICENSE.txt for further details.