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Mr Bones

Mr Bones is a handy tool that creates new Ruby projects from a code skeleton. The skeleton contains some starter code and a collection of rake tasks to ease the management and deployment of your source code. Several Mr Bones plugins are available for creating git repositories, creating GitHub projects, running various test suites and source code analysis tools.


To create a new "Get Fuzzy" project:

bones create get_fuzzy

If you ever get confused about what Mr Bones can do:

bones --help

After your project is created, you can view all the available configuration options:

rake bones:options

Detailed information about the options (or a subset of options) can also be displayed:

rake bones:help        #=> for all options
rake bones:help gem    #=> for the "gem" subset


Mr Bones is configurable, helpful, and it simplifies project development.

Mr Bones simplifies project creation by using a code template for generating a new working area for your code. This skeleton is customizable, and you can have multiple skeletons for various types of projects you work on - ruby libraries, web applications, or even writing projects.

When working with Rake, Mr Bones provides a set of tasks that help simplify common development tasks. These tasks include ...

  • release announcements
  • gem packaging and management
  • releasing to
  • documentation
  • annotation listing (TODO, FIXME, etc)
  • testing

The provided rake tasks are configured using a "Bones" configuration block in the Rakefile. You can obtain a list of the available options and descriptive help for each option by running the various "bones" tasks (use "rake -T" to list the available tasks). Although there are many configuration options, the vast majority of them have sensible defaults; tailor to suit your needs in the Bones configuration block.

Mr Bones can be extended via plugins. The plugins provide new rake tasks and configuration options for those tasks. Other developers can release plugins to automate the use of their libraries in a bones enabled system.

Currently there are a "bones-git" plugin for interacting with github and git repositories and a "bones-extras" plugin for working with Rcov, RubyForge, and Rspec.


gem install bones

If you would like some extra functionality the following plugins can be installed:

gem install bones-git
gem install bones-yard
gem install bones-rspec
gem install bones-rcov

A complete list of available plugins is available via the bones command:

bones plugins --all

The bones-git gem provides command line options for generating a git repository and pushing to github upon creation. Rake tasks for working with the git repository are also provided.


Download a copy of the source code from GitHub

git clone

Run the bootstrap script to install the development dependencies


You should now be able to run the test specs and see them pass

rake spec


Ryan Davis and Eric Hodel and their Hoe gem (from which much of the Mr Bones rake tasks have been stolen). The rails team and their source annotation extractor. Bruce Williams for help in coming up with the project name. Ara T. Howard for letting me squat in the codeforpeople rubyforge project.


Mr Bones is a handy tool that creates new projects from a code skeleton







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