Sudhindra Rao

Rails Concerns for Serializers

Serializers for Rails

ActiveModel Serializers pack a lot of punch when it comes to dealing with objects. They allow you to use configuration that takes care of generating the proper serialization for conventional rails objects. Once your code matures to where finding reuse is not difficult, you may run into a situation where you want to leverage shared functionality via mixins. I ran into such a situation and was not able to find quick, clear documentation. Hence this effort to write it down.


In our domain we often find our code converting values into normalized and denormalized forms. When doing this de/normalization operation some of our code was scattered or worst duplicated in parts. So I wrote up the common reusable functionality as a concern and moved it into app/serializers/concerns folder. To my dismay this refused to work, throwing one of the common errors ‘UndefinedConstant’. I ran into this to realize that I need to follow a convention to find the concern.The last but one comment on this issue describes the convention to be followed - and it is no surprise, just the same folder structure as where these concerns are included to find them. Makes sense.

I tried running specs after the above modifications I ran into the same error.

Configuration in application.rb

I discovered that I do need to add this new concerns folder(not the folder structure underneath), just to the level of the concerns into the eager_load_paths as follows

config.eager_load_paths << Rails.root.join(*%w(app serializers concerns)).to_s


It works. This is here so that it can help you in a bind. Code away!

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