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BaseJumper

There are others, I know, but this is how I like my apps to start out. You probably won’t like it, so move along.

Based on the Authlogic sample app (http://github.com/binarylogic/authlogic_example), password_resets branch.

Blog post: http://www.mckinneystation.com/2009/02/22/basejumper-yet-another-starter-application
Github source: http://github.com/gdagley/basejumper
Check out the build status at: http://runcoderun.com/gdagley/basejumper

What is included?

  • Authentication (including password reset)
  • Welcome page placeholder
  • Contact Us form
  • Basic styling using Blueprint CSS
  • Spec driven development using rspec, without fixtures
  • ActiveScaffold admin interface
  • Application configuration file
  • Less CSS for mixing in style
  • JQuery and JQuery-UI installed
  • FamFamFam icons where needed

Use as you will. I may update it occasionally. Offer suggestions.

Gems

Authlogic

The way I think authentication should be done.

Configatron

For application configuration.

Searchlogic

Because eventually you need pagination, and then you get sorting and filtering when you need it.

log-buddy

For the lazy debugger in all of us.

rspec and rspec-rails

It just makes more sense to me.

less

Nesting CSS rules, mixing in styles, and using variables in CSS is fun.

Plugins

active_form

Easy AR validations for non-AR models (for those Contact Us forms)

active_scaffold

Fastest way to build a super simple admin interface.

display_flash_helper

Shameless use of my own plugin to display flash messages

exception_notification

Because they happen and I want to know about them.

pretty_buttons

HTML buttons shouldn’t have to look so bad.

seo_helper

A few useful helpers for SEO purposes.

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