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Pakunok - common assets that you need for Rails 3.1

Pakunok contains a set of prepackaged assets that you can easily include into your Rails 3.1 application (using assets pipeline).

You can see all the included assets. (reference those prefixed with pakunok/):

Tested on MRI Ruby 1.9.2.

If you have any questions please contact me @dnagir.


Add it to your Rails application's Gemfile:

gem 'pakunok'

Then bundle install.


Reference as you normally do with Sprockets. Let's see some examples:

JavaScript-only libraries

You can simply reference plain JS libraries that do not require other assets (CSS, images) like this:

// app/assets/javascripts/application.js

// Include latest jQuery
//= require 'pakunok/jquery'

// Or an older version
//= require 'pakunok/jquery/jquery-1.5.2'

//= require 'pakunok/innershiv'

// jQuery plug-ins do no depend on jQuery to allow using as a separate HTTP resource
//= require 'pakunok/jquery.form'
//= require 'pakunok/jquery.jscrollpane'
//= require 'pakunok/jquery.mousewheel'
//= require 'pakunok/mwheelIntent'

//= require 'pakunok/jquery.validate'
//= require 'pakunok/jquery.validate/additional-methods'

//= require 'pakunok/jquery.viewport'

Libraries with related resources

If the library has a related CSS file, then it can be included into your CSS (or served as a separate file). It is named after the JavaScript library.

 * app/assets/stylesheets/application.css
 *= require 'pakunok/colorpicker'
 *= require 'pakunok/fileuploader'
 *= require 'pakunok/jquery.jscrollpane' 


By default Rails precompiles all the assets of all included libraries. This means that ALL of the assets will be compiled (although you rarely need that).

Please run RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rake assets:clean assets:precompile && tree public/assets to verify necessary files.

It is recommended to change the default behaviour so that you are not precompiling assets that the application will never use:

# config/application.rb

# Something like this is the Rails default
#config.assets.precompile = [/\w+\.(?!js|css).+/, /application.(css|js)$/]

# Recommended: Explicitly add assets that you use (colorpicker),
#  so that images and styles are available.
config.assets.precompile = [/application.(css|js)$/, /pakunok\/colorpicker/]

# Exclude all pakunok assets from precompilation (it's ok if you don't have direct HTTP request to them)
config.assets.precompile = [/(!pakunok)\w+\.(?!js|css).+/, /application.(css|js)$/]

# Exclude all pakunok assets, but explicitly add ones that you use (colorpicker),
#  so that images and styles are available.
config.assets.precompile = [/(!pakunok)\w+\.(?!js|css).+/, /application.(css|js)$/, /pakunok\/colorpicker/]

Note on JQuery-UI

In many cases you do not need the full jQuery-UI package, so you can do the following:

  1. Bundle pre-packed jQuery UI components that you are going to use on all pages into application.js (eg: require 'pakunok/jquery-ui/pack/dialog').
  2. Serve the other additional components when you need them (as require 'pakunok/jquery-ui/effects').

All the files under pakunok/jquery-ui/* do not automatically include depndencies. This means that you can serve them separately. But if you want to include all the dependencies into a single file, then use pakunok/jquery-ui/pack/*.

HAML for client side templating

Pakunok provides a new templating engine for Rails 3.1 that can be used to produce JavsScript templates.

What you need to do is to use .hamljs extension on a javascript file with the HAML content. It will generate a plain optimised JavaScipt function that you can use on the client.

For example, assuming you have a file app/assets/javascripts/comment.js.hamljs with the content:

  .text= text
  .author= author  

Then you can require comment from the application.js. This gives you access to JST.comment function allowing you to write JavaScript like:

var html = JST.comment({author: 'Dima', text: 'Awesome'});

NOTE: HAML-JS is a little bit different from the original HAML for Ruby.

In case pakunok could magically provide a good name for your template function, you can access it as JST['what ever it is!']. The name of the template function is derrived from the file name. Some examples for you:

  file                      => file
  file.js.erb.hamljs        => file
  file-with-dash.hamljs     => fileWithDash
  file_with_underscore      => fileWithUnderscore
  dir/foo_bar               => dir_fooBar
  win\dir\foo_bar           => win_dir_fooBar
  d1/d2/foo_bar.js.a.b.c.d  => d1_d2_fooBar

Yes, it uses one global variable JST to add all the functions but you can change it (see example further).

Pakunok will escape the HTML using simple built-in function. The escaping function is generated inside each template resulting in larger JavaScript code base. It is highly recommended to set it to your own when you have more than a couple of templates.

HAML Configuration options

# Somewhere in your app...
require 'pakunok/haml_js_template'

# Change the escapeHTML function
Pakunok::HamlJsTemplate.custom_escape = 'YourApp.html_escape' # default is nil - built-in

# Change the global variable to attach templates to
Pakunok::HamlJsTemplate.root_variable = 'Templates'  # default is 'JST'

# Change the prefix from where to start naming the templates
Pakunok::HamlJsTemplate.name_prefix = 'javascripts/templates'  # default is 'javascripts/'
# This option will automatically be set to 'backbone/templates/' if back

When option name_prefix is not set and rails-backbone is available then backbone/templates/ is used by default.


Pull requests are very welcome! But please write the specs.

To start, clone the repo and then:

bundle install
bundle exec rspec spec/