Last Update: 2011-07-16 11:31:03 -0700

New Features

  • The values that are used to insert/update records can now be scoped similar to how filter expressions can be scoped. set_defaults is used to set defaults which can be overridden, and set_overrides is used to set defaults which cannot be overridden:

    # => INSERT INTO t (x) VALUES (1)
    # => INSERT INTO t (x) VALUES (2)
    # => INSERT INTO t (x, y) VALUES (1, 2)
    # => INSERT INTO t (x) VALUES (1)

    The difference between set_defaults and set_overrides is that with set_defaults, the last value takes precedence, while with set_overrides, the first value takes precedence.

  • The schema generators now support creating and altering tables with composite primary and/or foreign keys:

    DB.create_table(:items) do
      integer :id
      text :name
      primary_key [:id, :name]
      foreign_key [:id, :name], :other_table, \
        :key=>[:item_id, :item_name]
    DB.alter_table(:items) do
      add_primary_key [:id, :name]
      add_foreign_key [:id, :name], :other_table, \
        :key=>[:item_id, :item_name]
  • The AlterTableGenerator now supports unique constraints:

    DB.alter_table(:items) do
      add_unique_constraint [:aaa, :bbb, :ccc], :name => :con3
  • The schema generators now support ON UPDATE (previously, they only supported ON DELETE):

    DB.create_table(:items) do
      foreign_key :project_id, :projects, :on_update => :cascade
  • When connecting to a PostgreSQL server version 8.2 and higher, Sequel now uses the INSERT … RETURNING … syntax, which should speed up row inserts on PostgreSQL. In addition, Sequel Models use RETURNING * to speed up model object creation.

  • You can now validate multiple attributes at once. This is useful if the combination of two or more attribute values is important, such as checking the uniqueness of multiple columns. validates_uniqueness_of now supports this directly:

    validates_uniqueness_of [:column1, :column2]

    This protects against the database having multiple rows with the same values for both :column1 and :column2. This is different from:

    validates_uniqueness_of :column1, :column2

    Which checks that the value of column1 is unique in the table, and that the value of column2 is unique in the table (which is much more restrictive).

Other Improvements

  • Dataset methods insert_sql, delete_sql, and update_sql respect the :sql option, allowing you to do things such as:

  • The database adapters (at least MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and JDBC) generally raise Sequel::DatabaseError for database problems, making it easier to tell what is a true database error versus an error raised by Sequel itself.

  • Sequel uses the async features of ruby-pg so that the entire interpreter is not blocked while waiting for the results of queries.

  • Sequel now supports the 2008.08.17 version of ruby-pg.

  • MSSQL support has been improved when using the ODBC and ADO adapters.

  • Index names are quoted and creating or dropping indexes.

  • Automatically generated column accessor methods no longer override instance methods specified by plugins.

  • Inserting a row with an already specified primary key inside a transaction now works correctly when using PostgreSQL.

  • before_save and before_update hooks now work as expected when using save_changes.

  • count and paginate now work correctly on graphed datasets.

Backwards Compatibility

  • The SQLite adapter now raises Sequel::DatabaseError instead of Sequel::Error::InvalidStatement whenever an SQLite3::Exception is raised by the SQLite3 driver.

  • Date and DateTime conversions now convert 2 digit years. To revert to the previous behavior:

    Sequel.convert_two_digit_years = false

    Note that Ruby 1.8 and 1.9 handle Date parsing differently, so there is no backwards compatibility change for Ruby 1.9. However, this also means that the MM/DD/YY date syntax commonly used in the United States is not always parsed correctly on Ruby 1.9, greatly limiting the use of 2 digit year conversion.

  • You can no longer abuse the SQL function syntax for specifying database types. For example, you must change:



    :type=>:varchar, :size=>255