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== Camping, a Microframework
Camping is a web framework which consistently stays at less than 3kb 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
end
module Blog::Controllers
class Index
def get
@posts = Post.find :all
render :index
end
end
end
module Blog::Views
def layout
html do
head { title "My Blog" }
body do
h1 "My Blog"
self << yield
end
end
end
def index
for post in @posts
h1 post.title
end
end
end
== 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:
* <tt>gem install camping</tt>
Or for the bleeding edge:
* <tt>gem install camping --source http://gems.judofyr.net</tt>
Camping itself only depends on Rack[http://rack.rubyforge.org] and using the
command above will only install Camping and Rack. However, if you intend to
use the views you also need to install +markaby+, and if you're going to use
the database you need +activerecord+ as well:
* <tt>gem install markaby</tt>
* <tt>gem install activerecord</tt>
== Learning
* Start by reading the documentation in {the Camping module}[link:classes/Camping.html],
it should get you started pretty quick.
* {The wiki}[http://wiki.github.com/why/camping] 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!
* Still wondering? Subscribe to {the mailing list}[http://rubyforge.org/mailman/listinfo/camping-list],
the place where it's all happening! Don't worry, though, the volume is just
as micro as Camping itself.
== Authors
Camping was originally started by {why the lucky stiff}[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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}[http://rubyforge.org/mailman/listinfo/camping-list],
so just subscribe and you can instantly take a part in shaping Camping.
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