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= Camping, a Microframework
Camping is a web framework which consistently stays at less than 4kB of code.
You can probably view the complete source code on a single page. But, you
know, it's so small that, if you think about it, what can it really do?
The idea here is to store a complete fledgling web application in a single
file like many small CGIs. But to organize it as a Model-View-Controller
application like Rails does. You can then easily move it to Rails once you've
got it going.
== A Camping Skeleton
A skeletal Camping blog could look like this:
require 'camping'
Camping.goes :Blog
module Blog::Models
class Post < Base; belongs_to :user; end
class Comment < Base; belongs_to :user; end
class User < Base; end
module Blog::Controllers
class Index
def get
@posts = Post.find :all
render :index
module Blog::Views
def layout
html do
head { title "My Blog" }
body do
h1 "My Blog"
self << yield
def index
@posts.each do |post|
h1 post.title
== Installation
Interested yet? Luckily it's quite easy to install Camping. We'll be using
a tool called RubyGems, so if you don't have that installed yet, go grab it!
Once that's sorted out, open up a Terminal or Command Line and enter:
gem install camping
Even better, install the Camping Omnibus, a full package of recommended libs:
gem install camping-omnibus --source
If not, you should be aware of that Camping itself only depends on
Rack[], and if you're going to use the views you also
need to install +markaby+, and if you're going to use the database you need
+activerecord+ as well.
gem install markaby
gem install activerecord
== Learning
First of all, you should read {the first chapters}[link:book/01_introduction.html]
of The Camping Book. It should hopefully get you started pretty quick. While
you're doing that, you should be aware of the _reference_ which contains
documentation for all the different parts of Camping.
{The wiki}[] is the place for all tiny,
useful tricks that we've collected over the years. Don't be afraid to share
your own discoveries; the more, the better!
And if there's anything you're wondering about, don't be shy, but rather
subscribe to {the mailing list}[]
and ask there. We also have an IRC channel over at Freenode, so if you feel
like chatting with us, you should join {#camping @}[].
== Authors
Camping was originally crafted by {why the lucky stiff}[],
but is now maintained by the _community_. This simply means that if we like your
patch, it will be applied. Everything is managed through {the mailing list}[],
so just subscribe and you can instantly take a part in shaping Camping.