Postgres Views in Rails
I ran into something recently where I wanted to access a Postgres view from a Rails 6 application. Lots of ways to do this, but I found a pattern that's really simple and feels right to me:
First, make an abstract class called ApplicationView. It's helpful for semantics, and also because everything inheriting it will be read only.
Then, create a model and have it inherit from ApplicationView :
Create your view as part of a regular Rails migration:
Finally, you can access it like a regular Rails model:
Bonus: if you're using this to build a gin or gist search index like I was, you can easily write a scope to execute the search. Assuming your gin index is on haystack_column:
Access like this:
The benefit of using a scope is that you can chain it to longer and more complex queries.