Provides lots of nice helpers and tools to allow for more complex sinatra apps
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This will be a plugin which expand sinatra's capabilities in many ways. Not ready to be used yet!

Let me expand briefly on what I want to accomplish with this gem. I love sinatra but if I want to use it for any non-trivial application I very quickly miss a lot of the extra tools provided by rails.

Now the obvious question is, why not just use rails? Well, that would be the easy answer. However, until version 3 comes along, Rails is quite a large framework and I love the spirit of sinatra which acts as a thin wrapper on top of rack allowing middleware to do most of the work and pulling in complexity only as needed.

My goal with this extension is to maintain the spirit of Sinatra and at the same time create a standard library of tools, helpers and components that will make Sinatra scale to allow for extremely complex apps.

Here is a small list of what sinatra_more might contain:

  • Lots of generic view helpers (tag, content_tag, …)

  • Asset helpers (link_to, image_tag, javascript_include_tag, …)

  • Form helpers and form builder support (form_tag, form_for, text_field, …)

  • Plug and play components for Warden (authentication), ActiveRecord (datastore) and MongoMapper (datastore)

Keep in mind, the user will be able to pull in components as necessary and leave out any that are not required.

Obviously the project isn't ready for primetime yet but please help me brainstorm and fork the project if you have any ideas that will help flesh out this project!


This extension can be easily registered into any existing sinatra application. You can require different components based on which pieces are useful for your application.

# app.rb 
require 'sinatra/base'
require 'sinatra_more'

class Application < Sinatra::Base
  register SinatraMore
  register SinatraMore::WardenPlugin
  # (Not yet) register SinatraMore::MarkupHelpers
  # (Not yet) register SinatraMore::RenderHelpers
  # (Not yet) register SinatraMore::FormHelpers

This will then allow you to use whichever components that have been registered. A breakdown is below:


This component provides a great deal of view helpers related to html markup generation. There are helpers for generating tags, forms, links, images, and more. Most of the basic methods should be very familiar to anyone who has used rails view helpers.

…list methods here…


This component provides a number of rendering helpers for sinatra, making the process of displaying templates far smoother. This plugin also has support for useful additions such as partials (with support for :collection) into the templating system.

…list methods here…


This component provides out-of-the-box support for Warden authentication. With this plugin registered, warden will be automatically required, configured and helpers will be provided to make interacting with warden dead simple.

…list methods here…

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.

  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.

  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history.

  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright © 2009 Nathan Esquenazi. See LICENSE for details.