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> I don't even really use Arel in ActiveRecord. I just write raw SQL that serves JSON directly back. I made it easier for me to organize SQL in partials just like views and to injects variables and conditions into my SQL.

This seems misguided. Arel is already very much like a library for partials for SQL that allows composition and takes care of tedious but important concerns like injection safety.

> All these kids want to do a bunch of busy work and for no good reason.

That's what your SQL-partials system sounds like to me! Different strokes for different folks.

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