Rails3 how to scope it, using a serialized array?

giving a simple model, with a serialized Array attribute

class Instructor < User

serialize :languages, Array

I am looking in defining scopes like this :

scope speaking_english, lambda { where(“languages … includes… ?”, :en) }

which look for instructors in which the languages array include “:en”

Is this kind of scope possible ? or not… ( just using query )

thanks FYF ( For Your Feedback)

On Apr 23, 2:45pm, Erwin [email protected] wrote:

which look for instructors in which the languages array include “:en”

Is this kind of scope possible ? or not… ( just using query )

You probably can mash something together with a regular expression
(although it might be hard to cover all edge cases), but this sounds
to me like you shouldn’t be using serialize, since it makes this sort
of stuff awkward (and slow, since you can’t add indexes that will
support that sort of query). With a separate join table between users
and languages it all becomes very simple.

Fred

Thanks Fred for your advice … this is what I finally did…
I just keep serializing parameters for being used with a proxy object
connector to external services , as the parameters to be used are
different from one connector to another one…

On Apr 25, 1:18pm, Erwin [email protected] wrote:

Thanks Fred for your advice … this is what I finally did…
I just keep serializing parameters for being used with a proxy object
connector to external services , as the parameters to be used are
different from one connector to another one…

You might want to look at a document store like mongodb, these allow
you to store more complex objects as a single document, while still be
able to query “inside” them

Fred

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