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Optimize query to use sql over ruby iterators

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I have the following setup:

class Unit
 has_many :reports
end

class Report
 belongs_to :unit
end

Basically I have a list of units and I want to select the last report for each unit (based on time) and order the resulting last reports by longitude.

Sounds simple, but my implementation looks like this:

units = current_user.accessible_units
report_ids = []
if units.size > 0
  units.map(&:id).uniq.each do |id|
    report = Report.select(:id).where(unit_id: id).order("time desc").limit(1)
    if !report.empty?
      report_ids << report.try(:first).try(:id)
    end
  end
end   
reports = Report.where(id: report_ids).order("longitude desc")

Is there a way to perform this same query using sql (active record relations) and minimize the use of ruby iterators, like map and each? Also notice in query above, I make two hits to the database by querying reports for time and then descending order. Is there a way to eliminate that too?

posted Feb 24, 2014 by Bob Wise

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