model_diagram header: 'Topics', fields: %w(id title description)
message "The suggestotron has a list of topics that people can vote on. We'll store our topics in the database. In this step you'll do the following:"
goal "Create a a simple *Table* in the database for topics with a title and a description"
goal "Automatically generate the corresponding *Scaffold* in Rails (namely, the *Model*, the *View*, and the *Controller*)."
console "rails generate scaffold topic title:string description:text"
* `generate scaffold` tells rails to create everything necessary to get up and running with topics.
* `topic` tells rails the name of the new model.
* `title:string` says that topics have a title, which is a "string".
* `description:text` says that topics have a description which is a "text". (What's the difference between "string" and "text"? Basically "text" is for strings that might be very long.)
message "If you want, take some time to poke around the files listed in this step. You can learn about them in the [Rails Architecture](rails_architecture) page."
console "rake db:migrate"
message "This tells rails to update the database to include a table for our new model."
`rake` _(ruby make)_ is a tool that allows you to run small Ruby programs (**tasks**) that you use often in your application.
Here, `rake db:migrate` is a task provided by the Rails framework. It creates a bunch of new files, including a *migration*, a *model*, a *view*, and a *controller*.
tip "You can run `rake -T` to see a list of all the `rake` commands your app currently responds to, along with a short description of each task."
If you find something that could be improved, please make a pull request or drop us a note via GitHub Issues (no technical knowledge required).