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Many times when using a belongs_to relation, we encounter the need to size up that association, we can use 2 methods which are created for us, size and (association_pluralization)_count.

so if SuperHero has_many :super_powers than:

me = SuperHero.find(1)

they will both issue that same SQL statement at this point

SELECT count(*) as count_all FROM super_powers WHERE (super_hero_id = 1)

which basically preforms a SELECT * statement, we don't like it :)

the :counter_cache parameter for the belongs_to macro, indicates the use of a
(association_pluralization)_count named column which will be incremented and decremented according to the use of the associative array, this can and does save a lot of time and DB - APP - DB roundup's.


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