A small gem making your own gem Rails 2 and 3 compliant and providing the String class a few goodies
Rich-Support is a small module of E9s (http://github.com/archan937/e9s) making your own gem Rails 2 and 3 compliant. It also adds a small amount of handy methods to the String class.
Attention: This gem does NOT add Rails 3 functionality to a Rails 2 application, but provides an unified interface for certain differences in implementation between Rails 2 and 3. A few examples:
- it provides a unified interface for the
after_initializehook of the Rails application
- it provides the
ActiveSupport::Dependencies.autoload_pathsto be called in both Rails 2 and 3
- it defines
String.html_safeif it hasn’t been defined already (it only returns the String and does NOT HTML escapes the String)
A real world example of a Rich-Support implementation is the Rich-CMS gem of which Rich-Support is extracted from.
Add Rich-Support as gem dependency in your
Require Rich-Support in your gem (e.g. in
libs/rich_cms.rb for the gem Rich-CMS)
Your gem is now Rails 2 and 3 compliant.
Using the Rails configuration after_initialize hook regardless of the major Rails version
As calling the
after_initialize differs in the major Rails versions, but you can just call
Rich::Support.after_initialize instead as it will handle things for you:
Rich::Support.after_initialize do register_assets copy_images require_models end
Registering your gem controllers, views and routes in Rails 2
As only Rails 3 recognizes your controllers, views and routes automatically, you will have to append them in Rails 2 yourself. Fortunately with Rich::Support, you will only have to append your gem path:
Rich::Support.append_gem_path File.expand_path("../..", __FILE__)
Note: The source file in this example is located in the
lib directory of the gem itself
append_gem_path registers the following in Rails 2:
controllers– Which is assumed to be located in
views– Which is assumed to be located in
routes– Which is assumed to be located in
Some String class goodies
Rich-Support adds a small amount of methods to the
String.upcase_first– Upcases the first character of a String and leaves the remainder alone unlike
String.capitalizewhich downcases it
String.upcase_first!– Only returns the upcased String when it has changed otherwise it returns a
String.copy_case– Copies the letter casing of a passed String (e.g.
String.copy_case!– Only returns the case copied String when it has changed otherwise it returns a
String.pluralize!– Which (as you expected) only returns a String when it has changed otherwise a
String.plural?– Assuming that the String is a verb, it returns whether it is singular / plural or not
Developing Rich-Support yourself
1. Create your own Rich-Support fork https://github.com/archan937/rich_support/fork
2. Clone your Rich-Support fork repository
git clone email@example.com:<your_username>/rich_support.git && cd rich_support
3. Setup your environment in order to use the GemSuit tests provided within Rich-Support
gem install gem_suit && suit fit -v
4. Run unit tests in both Rails 2 and 3
suit test unit -v
5. Start either of the dummy Rails applications for development purposes (Rails 3 at default)
To run the Rails 2 application:
suit s -r2
6. Get on programming and send your pull request! ;)
Note: For more information about GemSuit, please visit its Github page.
For support, remarks and requests please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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