i wanted to mention something about how database loading is done in chapter 6. in the real world, i would have to say that the method suggested is really a bad decision. yes, it is simple. yes, it works. but, i have to say that it really isn’t reusable. in late 2007, Bala Paranj suggested a better way based on using rake tasks to load the data via yml files. he discusses it about … 13:30 mins into this vid at this url:
i really feel this is a far better way to introduce people to loading data, and also is usable throughout the project development.