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ActiveRecord Each_by_page

Perform an operation on a set of models including ActiveRecord callbacks, without instantiating all models at once.

Step through and instantiate each member of the class and execute on it, but instantiate no more than per_page instances at any given time.
Safe for destructive actions or actions that modify the fields your :order or :conditions clauses operate on.

module ActiveRecord
  class Base
    def each_by_page per_page, options = {}, &block
      # By-id for model-modifying blocks
      # Build SQL to get ids of all matching records using the options provided by the user
      sql = construct_finder_sql(options.dup.merge({ :select => 'id' }))
      # Get the results as an array of tiny hashes { "id" => "1" } and flatten them out to just the ids
      all_ids = connection.select_all(sql).map { |h| h['id'] }
      at_a_time = 0..(per_page-1)
      # chop apart the all_ids array a segment at a time
        ids = all_ids.slice!(at_a_time)
        ids_cases = []
        ids.each_with_index { |id, i| ids_cases << "WHEN #{id} THEN #{i}" }
        ids_cases = ids_cases.join(' ')
        # Do the deed on this page of results
        find(:all, options.merge(
          :conditions => [ 'id IN (?)', ids ],
          :order => "CASE id #{ids_cases} END"
        )).each &block
      end until all_ids.empty?

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