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There's quite a bit more I can do with Arel than I can do with raw SQL, especially if I'm already in Ruby. So... no thanks. :)

Instead of making a statement like that... educate me. I'm very happy to learn about new technologies. What extra, interesting things can you do with Arel that aren't possible in SQL?


Arel is just a syntax tree for SQL. It doesn't strictly give you any more power than SQL - I think your question is a little bit disingenuous, as you knew this already - but code manipulating syntax trees is better for query dynamism than code manipulating strings that don't have further typing.


I think your question is a little bit disingenuous, as you knew this already

No, it was quite genuine. I am not deeply familiar with Arel.




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