1. Removing a column from a table in SQLite

    There's no straight forward way in SQLite so you need to copy the contents into a new table drop and recreate the table and put the data back in. In short, its a big mess. Thankfully rails manages that for us.

        rails generate migration RemoveUserIdFromProjects user_id:integer
        rake db:migrate
  2. Creating static data

    I needed some static data in my application, specifically project statuses, but I wanted to have an ability to maintain them in the database so we could add/ remove them as needed. The way I did it was through Fixtures. All you need to do is:

    a. Inside the db/migrate directory, create a directory called initdata. Create a file called <tablename>.yml inside initdata. Copy the format from model yml inside the test directory of the project. Oh by the way, you would need to have a model for the table, obviously.

    b. Create a file called <a number>_load_<table name>.rb inside db/migrate. Adjust the number so that the file appears at the end of the directory listing by name. The following is what I created for my model (called State). I guess you can use it as is - just find and replace State with your model name :-)

        require 'active_record/fixtures'
        class LoadStates < ActiveRecord::Migration
        def self.up
         directory = File.join(File.dirname(__FILE__), "init_data")
        Fixtures.create_fixtures(directory, "states")
        def self.down

    Thats it - now run rake db:migrate and it will load all data as defined in the fixture YML.

  3. Adding a URL to an existing controller

    e.g. I needed to add a URL /projects/load to call method load() in my projects controller. Add the following in routes.rb before the resource definition:

    match 'projects/load' => 'projects#load'