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Laptop is a set of scripts to get your Max OS X laptop set up as a Rails development machine.


First, install GCC for OS X. (requires OS X 10.6 or higher)

Then, run this one-liner:

bash < <(curl -s

What it sets up

  • SSH public key (for authenticating with services like Github and Heroku)
  • Homebrew (for managing operating system libraries)
  • QT (used by Capybara Webkit for headless Javascript testing)
  • Ack (for finding things in files)
  • Tmux (for saving project state and switching between projects)
  • Postgres (for storing relational data)
  • Redis (for storing key-value data)
  • ImageMagick (for cropping and resizing images)
  • RVM (for managing versions of the Ruby programming language)
  • Ruby 1.9.3 stable (for writing general-purpose code)
  • Bundler gem (for managing Ruby libraries)
  • Rails gem (for writing web applications)
  • Heroku gem (for interacting with the Heroku API)
  • Taps gem (for pushing and pulling SQL databases between environments)
  • Postgres gem (for making Ruby talk to SQL databases)
  • Foreman gem (for serving your Rails app locally)
  • Git Remote Branch gem (for faster git branch creation and deletion)
  • Heroku accounts plugin (for using multiple Heroku accounts like a client's account)
  • Heroku config plugin (for pulling config variables locally to be used as ENV variables)
  • Heroku labs plugin (for using config variables during assets precompile and for using Ruby 1.9.3)

It should take about 30 minutes for everything to install, depending on your machine.