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Edwin Vlieg

[FEATURE] Rails application recipe

Reported by Edwin Vlieg | May 9th, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

I'm wondering if you considered some kind of recipe for Rails applications. Every time we start a new Rails project in our company, we are taking the same steps: installing certain plugins, adding some custom rake tasks and executing svn actions to create a proper svn workspace. Wouldn't it be nice to apply some kind of application recipe when generating a new application with the 'rails' command?

The guys from Caboose created the Sample Rails application, which can be retrieved from SVN. I don't think storing a sample application in SVN is such a good idea, because of the versioning of the Rails code and plugins. When creating a new project, I often want the lastest Rails version and the most recent plugins and not be forced to update the sample repository first.

A recipe in the simplest form should contain a number of commands to execute, e.g.:

script/plugin install rspec
script/plugin install rspec_rails
rake svn:configure

In this way, the problem can easily be solved with a bash script. But I think a more high-level (YAML?) solution could also be nice:


This recipe file should be passed as a variable to the rails script:

rails weblog --recipe=/home/edwin/rails_with_rspec.yaml
rails weblog --recipe=

The possibility to download a recipe from the internet with the command might be a bit overkill, but can be nice if someone wants to share his recipes or to share recipes within a company.

I'm willing to add the functionality to the Rails core with a patch/git fork, but would like to know if it is a feature that fits in the Rails vision and if more people think this is usable.

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Edwin Vlieg

    Edwin Vlieg May 10th, 2008 @ 05:20 PM

    Sorry for posting a duplicate ticket, this ticket disappeared shortly after adding, so I gave it another try. I think the other ticket is beter tagged, maybe someone can delete this one.

    Ticket #160 is the right version.

  • Pratik

    Pratik May 12th, 2008 @ 12:46 AM

    • State changed from “new” to “invalid”

    I think you should release a gem to do so, which would basically install a new rails binary, maybe call it "railsgen" or something. Getting it in core might be difficult before it's in wide use.


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