Introduction to Statemachines

January 08, 2015 00:00

Rails has this nice little feature called Enums. The introduction example is something like this:

class Conversation < ActiveRecord::Base
    enum status: [ :active, :archived ] 
end

http://edgeapi.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActiveRecord/Enum.html

And I think this is dangerous. States should be dealed with in a state machine. Why you ask? Because state changes usually have conditions attached to them. Only archive if ... . If you want to model something like that with enums, you end up with a horrible version of a state machine.

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