Most recent detail record for master records - what's the be

I’m trying to figure out the best way to display some summary
information in
my app (an article submission database for writers), and I’m not quite
how to get ActiveRecord to give me what I want.

Here’s what the relevant part of my data model looks like:

class Market < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :submissions
has_many :articles, :through => :submissions

class Article < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :submissions
has_many :markets, :through => :submissions

class Submission < ActiveRecord::Base
belongs_to :market
belongs_to :article
has_many :actions

class Action < ActiveRecord::Base
belongs_to :submission
belongs_to :article , :through => :submissions
belongs_to :market , :through => :submissions

The two things I’d like to accomplish are:

  • A list of the most recent Action for each Submission associated with a
    given Article
  • A list of the most recent Action for each Article associated with a

All of my tables have created_at and updated_at fields, so the concept
“most recent” is there in my database. But I’m not sure 100% sure my
associations are correct, nor am I sure what the best way is to get back
data I need.

Can anyone help? Thanks in advance!

– Tammy

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