Jeweler: Craft the perfect RubyGem
Jeweler provides two things:
- Rake tasks for managing gems and versioning of a GitHub project
- A generator for creating kickstarting a new project
Setting up in an existing project
It's easy to get up and running. Update your instantiate a
Jeweler::Tasks, and give it a block with details about your project.
begin require 'jeweler' Jeweler::Tasks.new do |s| s.name = "the-perfect-gem" s.summary = "TODO" s.email = "firstname.lastname@example.org" s.homepage = "http://github.com/technicalpickles/the-perfect-gem" s.description = "TODO" s.authors = ["Josh Nichols"] end rescue LoadError puts "Jeweler not available. Install it with: sudo gem install technicalpickles-jeweler -s http://gems.github.com" end
In this example,
s is a Gem::Specification object. See the GemSpec reference for values of interest.
Kicking off a new project
This will prepare a project in the 'the-perfect-gem' directory, setup to use Jeweler.
It supports a number of options:
- --create-repo: in addition to preparing a project, it create an repo up on GitHub and enable RubyGem generation
- --testunit: generate test_helper.rb and test ready for test/unit
- --minitest: generate test_helper.rb and test ready for minitest
- --shoulda: generate test_helper.rb and test ready for shoulda (this is the default)
- --rspec: generate spec_helper.rb and spec ready for rspec
- --bacon: generate spec_helper.rb and spec ready for bacon
Jeweler handles generating a gemspec file for your project:
This creates a gemspec for your project. It's based on the info you give
Jeweler::Tasks, the current version of your project, and some defaults that Jeweler provides.
Jeweler gives you tasks for building and installing your gem:
rake build rake install
Jeweler tracks the version of your project. It assumes you will be using a version in the format
x is the 'major' version,
y is the 'minor' version, and
z is the patch version.
Initially, your project starts out at 0.0.0. Jeweler provides Rake tasks for bumping the version:
rake version:bump:major rake version:bump:minor rake version:bump:patch
Jeweler handles releasing your gem into the wild:
It does the following for you:
- Regenerate the gemspec to the latest version of your project
- Push to GitHub (which results in a gem being build)
- Tag the version and push to GitHub
- Hack, commit, hack, commit, etc, etc
rake version:bump:patch releaseto do the actual version bump and release
- Have a delicious scotch
- Go to Has My Gem Built Yet and wait for your gem to be built