We'll respond shortly.
A while back I made the point that the HasOneThroughAssociation class in Rails shouldn’t be a subclass of HasManyThroughAssociation. I also submitted a Rails patch in which I changed the superclass of HasOneThroughAssociation from HasManyThroughAssociation to HasOneAssociation and moved the shared Through functionality into a module. Despite support from the teeming millions, Rails core team member Pratik rejected the patch for being “just a refactoring.”
Despondent, I brought the issue up here at Pivotal a few months later, after the Release of Rails 2.3. Nate added a callout for support for the ticket to the daily Pivotal standup blog. The response was heartwarming (thanks to all who added a +1), but resulted only in Pratik removing himself from the ticket (I assume so he would stop getting comment notifications).
All is not lost, however. At RailsConf last week, Jeff Dean — Pivot, raconteur, international playboy, and refactoring paladin — called out the Rails core team regarding their stance on refactorings. The response: bullish (sort of).
Taking into account the responses from the Rails core team, I’ve done the following:
We’ll see what happens.