Forum: Ruby on Rails sum enumeration with LIMIT

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yajiri (Guest)
on 2008-12-07 21:38
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Hi everyone.

I'm trying to SUM the places of the first 5 finishers in a Cross
Country running event.  In a Cross Country race the team score is
based upon the sum of the top 5 runners on your team.  The lowest team
score at the competition wins.

I have EVENTS(the race), PARTICIPANTS(the runner), and
EVENT_PARTICIPANTS(a runner in a race).

Within event_participant I have this code, which doesn't work as it
adds places beyond the 5th runner.

  def self.score_5
    self.calculate(:sum, :finish_place, :order
=> :finish_place, :limit => 5)

It appears that the LIMIT is ignored or is applied after the

Any suggestions?
Frederick C. (Guest)
on 2008-12-07 21:49
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On 7 Dec 2008, at 19:37, yajiri wrote:

It's applied after (so if you did select sum(foo) from bars limit 5
then you'd only get 5 rows back).
Something like
SELECT sum(finish_place) from
  (SELECT * from some_table order by finish_place limit 5) as sub_select

should do it.

yajiri (Guest)
on 2008-12-07 22:02
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Are us suggesting find_by_sql?

On Dec 7, 1:48 pm, Frederick C. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid>
yajiri (Guest)
on 2008-12-08 01:07
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I'd like to know if there is a way to use ActiveRecord to do this.

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