Plugins Category

The iPhone Helpers Plugin for Rails 3.x

Picking the name of a new library or plugin is stressful. You could go too informal and call your library something like authgasm (now authlogic) or too formal and call it "Dull Authentication Plugin for Enterprises 1.0." It's the geek equivalent…

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Remail: Send and Receive E-mail Through Google App Engine for Free

Sending e-mail from Rails applications is a common activity, but not all application servers are running a reliable SMTP daemon.. and setting up a server to receive e-mails is a real pain. A common solution is to use GMail, but…

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Dragonfly: Image Handling For Champions

Dragonfly is a new(-ish!) ruby gem for handling images and other content in Ruby web apps (including Rails). “What – another one?!”.. I hear you exclaim. While using Dragonfly in Rails is similar to using, say, Paperclip, a significant difference is…

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Hobo 1.0 – A Rapid Rails Web App Builder – Released

Hobo, an open source rapid web app builder for Ruby on Rails, has officially reached Version 1.0 after three years of focused development effort by the Hobo community and sponsorship support from Barquin International in Washington, DC. (Ed note: Hobo…

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Jammit: Industrial Strength Asset Packaging for Rails Apps

Earlier this year on Ruby Inside, we wrote about Sprockets - a Ruby library from 37signals that could take the various JavaScript files used in your project and compress them down on the fly into smaller portions to be more easily…

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Devise: Flexible Authentication for Pragmatic Rails Developers

Devise (GitHub repo) is a new Rails authentication library/engine developed by Brazilian development company Plataforma. It's pitched as a "flexible authentication solution for Rails." Devise builds upon Warden, a general Rack authentication middleware, while offering Rails developers a flexible but easy…

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Spree: Open Source E-commerce for Rails Apps Gets Even Better

Back in September 2008, we posted about Spree, an open source Rails e-commerce platform that was then in its infancy. Now, however, Spree is truly flying. New versions are coming out frequently and there are more and more established sites using…

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Formtastic: Forms Made Crazy Easy for Rails Developers

Formtastic is a Rails plugin by Justin French that aims to take the headaches out of building forms in Rails views. To build it, Justin wrote down how he'd like a form creation DSL to look and then worked backwards to…

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FriendlyID: A Slugging and Permalink Plugin for ActiveRecord

FriendlyID, a plugin by Normal Clarke, Adrian Mugnolo, and Emilio Tagua, describes itself as "the Swiss Army bulldozer of slugging and permalink plugins for ActiveRecord." In layman's terms, FriendlyID helps you get out of numerical ID hell and into an easily…

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Bullet: An Eager Loading Adviser Plugin

Bullet is a new Rails plugin (developed by Richard Huang) that helps you reduce the number of queries your Rails app makes, thus increasing its performance.

Essentially, Bullet "watches" the queries your Rails app makes through ActiveRecord and notifies you as to…

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