Should the foreign key constraints only be declared in the Model code of the application, or in both the code and the database?
on 2005-11-18 16:09
on 2005-11-18 16:46
spambak wrote: > Should the foreign key constraints only be declared in the Model code of > the application, or in both the code and the database? Why not ask on the Rails list? If your database can be used from other programs, you want the constraints to exist in the database (so they can't be broken by other software that ignores them). Otherwise, it seems to me, it's just overhead. You could say that about any validation logic you write into your model (or get for free from ActiveRecord) -- perhaps it should be duplicated by validation triggers in your database, so that other code can't mess it up -- but when you do that, you seem to lose a large amount of the advantage of Rails over other web-database frameworks. Good luck...