A startup template for Ruby on Rails 4 applications
Way back in January, I wrote a blog post called “Rails has two default stacks”. In it, I discussed how people like to customize the defaults that Ruby on Rails gives you. Your company might prefer Postgres/HAML/RSpec, for example, over the default MySQL/ERB/MiniTest.
There’s an under-used feature of Rails that allows you to automate the creation of your own stack: templates. Check it:
$ rails --help Usage: rails new APP_PATH [options] Options: -r, [--ruby=PATH] # Path to the Ruby binary of your choice # Default: /opt/rubies/ruby-2.0.0-p195/bin/ruby -m, [--template=TEMPLATE] # Path to some application template (can be a filesystem path or URL)
Application template? Yep. There’s very little documentation on this feature, unfortunately. There is a work in progress Rails Guide that gives some answers, but it’s not done yet.
Anyway, the TL;DR is this: you can write a little script to help initialize a Rails app just the way you want to. And Rails startup template is exactly that.
Here’s some of the things it gives you out of the box:
bourbongems, as well as a few more.
- Creates a new git repository, and optionally a new one on GitHub
- Sets up foreman for easy environment variable and background service config.
include_tree .from your
application.css, since the author prefers to require things manually.
There are some other features, as well.
Check it out on GitHub and vote it up on Hacker News.
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