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Nifty Generators

A collection of useful Rails generator scripts.


To make/install as a gem:

git clone private url
rake manifest  
rake build_gemspec

Change the name in the nifty-generator.gemspec to minerva-nifty-generators

gem build nifty-generators.gemspec
gem install minerva-nifty-generators.gem


Do once when starting a new rails app

script/generate nifty_config
gem bundle
script/generate nifty_layout

An example of using nifty_scaffold

script/generate nifty_scaffold Recipe name:string

Included Generators

  • nifty_layout: generates generic layout, stylesheet, and helper files.

  • nifty_scaffold: generates a controller and optional model/migration.

  • nifty_config: generates a config YAML file and loader.

  • nifty_authentication: generates user model with sign up and log in.

To view the README for each generator, run it with the --help option.

script/generate nifty_layout --help

Troubleshooting and FAQs

What is the difference between nifty_scaffold and built-in scaffold?

One of the primary differences is that nifty_scaffold allows you to choose which controller actions to generate.

script/generate nifty_scaffold post name:string index new edit

There are a few changes to the generated code as well, such as no XML format by default.

It also offers support for HAML, Shoulda, and RSpec.

I get “undefined method 'title'” error.

Try running nifty_layout, that will generate this helper method. Or you can just change the templates to whatever approach you prefer for setting the title.

I can't set new attributes in my model.

Add the attribute to the attr_accessible line in the model.

I get “undefined method 'root_url'” error.

Some generators default redirecting to the root_url. Set this in your routes.rb file like this (substituting your controller name).

map.root :controller => 'foo'

I get a missing database error.

Run rake db:migrate.

I get a routing error when I try to submit a form.

Try restarting your development server. Sometimes it doesn't detect the change in the routing.

The tests/specs don't work.

Make sure you have mocha installed and require it in your spec/test helper.

gem install mocha

# in spec_helper.rb
config.mock_with :mocha

# in test_helper.rb
require 'mocha'

Also, make sure you're using Rails 2.1 or greater.


This project can be found on github at the following URL.


If you wish the generators behaved differently, please consider forking the project and modifying to your heart's content.