Comments for your migrations
- ActiveRecord 5.0
Using Ruby 2.2 and higher
- ActiveRecord 4.2
using Ruby 2.1 and higher
ActiveRecord 5.0 is introducing baked-in comment support, although not all features provided by this project have yet been completely implemented. This is expected to be rectified by ActiveRecord 5.1, and as such ActiveRecord 5.0 will likely be the last version for which this gem will work (or be needed). ActiveRecord 5.0 itself will be supported by this project, but many features are overlapping and you may find that you won't need it at all.
For those using a version of ActiveRecord prior to 4.2 or of Ruby prior to 2.1, please use the v0.3.2 version of the gem.
Migrations are wonderful. They handle all your schema changes, and in a pinch they can bring any database up to speed. However, database schemas can change rapidly while a project is maturing, and it can be difficult to know (or remember) the purpose for each table and field. As such, they deserve to be commented. These comments should be available for display wherever those fields are found.
Using MigrationComments, you can simply add comments during your migrations. Or if you already have existing data structures, just add the comments afterwards in a separate migration. And of course you can always modify and delete these comments in later migrations.
So where are these comments used? Firstly, they will be included in your
schema.rb dump which is where your IDE (e.g. RubyMine, TextMate) should be learning about your model structure. This means that they'll be available at any point in your project. Additionally, if you are using the 'annotate’ gem, these comments will be added to the annotations that are generated within your
To add a comment to an existing structure…
def self.up set_table_comment :table_name, "A table comment" set_column_comment :table_name, :column_name, "A column comment" end
Or you can use the
def self.up change_table :table_name do |t| t.comment "A table comment" t.change_comment :column_name, "A column comment" end end
Creating a new table?
def self.up create_table :table_name, :comment => "A table comment" do |t| t.string :column_name, :comment => "A column comment" end end
You can also remove comments…
def self.up remove_table_comment :table_name remove_column_comment :table_name, :column_name end
Or you can combine these commands while modifying a table…
def self.up change_table :existing_table do |t| t.comment nil # remove an existing table comment t.string :new_column, :comment => "a new column" # add a new column with a comment t.change_comment :existing_column, nil # remove a comment on an existing column t.integer :another_existing_column, :comment => nil # remove a comment on an existing column while modifying the column type t.boolean :column_with_comment # modify an existing column without altering the comment end end
You must be using a supported DBMS (currently PostgreSQL, MySQL, and SQLite).
If this isn't an option for you, check out the 'schema_comments' gem at github.com/akm/schema_comments
See MIT-LICENSE file for details.