Forum: Ruby on Rails Changing model attribute names

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Ryan G. (Guest)
on 2006-12-27 17:18
Hello,

If I have a legacy db table named Users with a string named 'address1'
how can I map that to a User model with an attribute named
'street_address'?  I recognize how much easier it would be just to use
addess1 but some of the other columns have horrible names.

Thank you,
Ryan G.
(Guest)
on 2006-12-27 20:09
(Received via mailing list)
Ryan-

Have you tried creating accessors to make your User class appear to
have the street_address attribute?  E.G. within your User class...

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def street_address
  read_attribute(:address1)
end

def street_address=(addr)
  write_attribute(:address1, addr)
end
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You may also perhaps override the default accessors for address1 to
make them no-ops if you wanted to discourage such access.

Hope that helps!

Chris Eagan
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