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August 20 2010

The Ruby Toolbox - Know your options!

The Ruby Toolbox gives you an overview of these tools, sorted in categories and rated by the amount of watchers and forks in the corresponding source code repository on GitHub so you can find out easily what options you have and which are the most common ones in the Ruby community.

June 19 2010

Plugins/Authoring - jQuery JavaScript Library

jQuery offers a mechanism for adding in methods and functionality, bundled as plugins. Most of the methods and functions included in the default download are written using the jQuery plugin construct.

November 13 2009

Community Engine | A Social Networking Plugin for Ruby on Rails

CommunityEngine is a free, open-source social network plugin for Ruby on Rails applications. Drop it into your new or existing application, and you’ll instantly have all the features of a basic community site.

ASCIIcasts - “Episode 149 - Rails Engines”

A Rails Engine is a method for embedding one Rails application into another. Engines have been available as a plugin for a while, but much of the same functionality is now built in to Rails 2.3. We’ll show you how it works in this episode

Rails Engines

The engines plugin enhances Rails plugins — allowing sharing of code, views and other aspects of your application in a clear and managed way.

Crossing borders: Extensions in Rails

If you've spent any time at all with Rails, you've doubtless noticed the acts_as commands in ActiveRecord. Though ActiveRecord deals with persistence, you often want to add behavior to your classes beyond database storage and retrieval. For example, by using acts_as_tree, you can add tree-like behavior to a class with a parent_id attribute. By saying nothing more than acts_as_tree in your ActiveRecord model, you can dynamically add methods to manage the tree, such as methods that retrieve the parent record or child record. Over the past month, I've been able to find Rails plug-ins to handle voting, versioning, Ajax, composite keys, and all manner of features that basic Rails doesn't support.
Tags: rails plugins

Alex Young: A Taxonomy of Rails Plugins

The purpose of this article is to demystify writing plugins using examples of common patterns used by popular plugins.
Tags: rails plugins

August 11 2009

Paperclip: Attaching Files in Rails | Ruby on Rails

Paperclip is an awesome rails plugin by Jon Yurek at Thoughtbot. It is one of many plugins currently available that cater for file uploading and thumbnailing
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