Andrew Thorp

Better Rails development with better_errors!

If you are anything like me (a Rails developer that enjoys good design), you will be glad to know that there is a project out there to make the default error pages for Rails development much cleaner! The standard features are simple, and pretty much just a polished version of what Rails offers out of the box:

  • Full stack trace.
  • Source code inspection, with highlighting.

As a bonus, if you install the extra dependency, you get access to the following features:

  • REPL
  • Local/instance variable inspection.

Installing it couldn’t be easier. While the project is usable outside of Rails, let’s assume you are using Rails/Bundler:

group :development do
  gem "better_errors"
  gem "binding_of_caller" # Optional, only for the advanced features

That’s it! Checkout the project on GitHub or view the README.


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