Running queries in the Rails Console can be a bit messy, to say the least. For example, when I run a query to find the last DailySmarty posts, the query result set looks something like this:
This can make it very difficult to comb through the data, which is where the Hirb gem comes in. If I add gem 'hirb' to the Gemfile and run bundle, I can start the rails console back up and type:
And now if I run a query, Hirb automatically formats the resulting output, as shown below:
This replicates the type of view that you would get if you were directy connected to the SQL database and it much easier to quickly go through.