Kenzie Kenzie - 5 months ago 25
Ruby Question

Rails Model has_many with multiple foreign_keys

Relatively new to rails and trying to model a very simple family "tree" with a single Person model that has a name, gender, father_id and mother_id (2 parents). Below is basically what I want to do, but obviously I can't repeat the :children in a has_many (the first gets overwritten).

class Person < ActiveRecord::Base
belongs_to :father, :class_name => 'Person'
belongs_to :mother, :class_name => 'Person'
has_many :children, :class_name => 'Person', :foreign_key => 'mother_id'
has_many :children, :class_name => 'Person', :foreign_key => 'father_id'
end


Is there a simple way to use has_many with 2 foreign keys, or maybe change the foreign key based on the object's gender? Or is there another/better way altogether?

Thanks!

Answer

Found a simple answer on IRC that seems to work (thanks to Radar):

class Person < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :father, :class_name => 'Person'
  belongs_to :mother, :class_name => 'Person'
  has_many :children_of_father, :class_name => 'Person', :foreign_key => 'father_id'
  has_many :children_of_mother, :class_name => 'Person', :foreign_key => 'mother_id'
  def children
     children_of_mother + children_of_father
  end
end
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