Storing arrays in database : JSON vs. serialized array

You can store Arrays and Hashes using ActiveRecord’s serialize declaration:

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  serialize :stuff

comment =  # stuff: nil
comment.stuff = ['some', 'stuff', 'as array']
comment.stuff # => ['some', 'stuff', 'as array']

You can specify the class name that the object type should equal to (in this case Array). This is more explicit and a bit safer. You also won’t have to create the array when you assign the first value, since you’ll be able to append to the existing (empty) array.

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  serialize :stuff, Array

comment =  # stuff: []
comment.stuff << 'some' << 'stuff' << 'as array'

You can even use a neater version called store:

This should handle your use case using a built in method.

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