Community Engine: Social Networking Features in a Plugin
Community Engine is a free, open source social networking plugin for Rails. All you need to do to add social and community features (e.g. authentication, profiles, blogs, photo management, bookmarks, commenting, forums, friendships) to an existing application is to install the plugin and just a small bit of coding. The plugin was covered on Ruby Inside previously, but a number of new developments make it worth looking at again:
- Community Engine App Tutorial: A start-to-finish walkthrough of integrating Community Engine into a Rails application.
- Community Engine Sample App: The Github repository for the app developed in the above tutorial. A great way to get a feel for how a CommunityEngine application can be structured.
- CommunityEngineServer EC2 Instance: An Amazon EC2 instance that's ready to roll for a CommunityEngine application.
Bruno Bornsztein, the developer of Community Engine, has also just launched Wee Baby Stuff, a site based on Community Engine that allows parents to get and share information related to having and looking after a baby.
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