What’s the best way to import a million records into a postgres database via ActiveRecord (which is needed to implement some application-specific logic)? We anticipate waiting a second (or so) between inserts to avoid slowing down the production database (which is under load, almost entirely reads). If there is any ActiveRecord feature which helps batch together inserts, noone knew about it. As for generally how long this will take (estimates range from 9 to 27 hours), and what the load on the production database will be, we planned on answering that with a trial run of a small number of these records.
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We’re thinking of having capistrano deploy to two demo servers, one particularly aimed at showing to prospective users of our application, and the other mostly for story acceptance. The former would be hosted at a hosting company; the latter an internally run machine. Several people reported they have done this on their projects, and the problems were minor, mostly having to do with whether the deployed location (/u/apps/whatever or some such) is different on the two machines (the solution would be to use the capistrano variables, but tracking down all the places that need to do that could be an issue).
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Erector tip of the day: in a Rails project, you can put a file (named edit.rb or edit.html.rb) in your view directory, and Rails/Erector will find the template implicitly (as it would for ERB, HAML, etc). It is not necessary to explicitly call render from your controller method.