Merb plugin that allows defining templates (views, css, js)in the same file as the controller.
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merb_simple_views *ALPHA*

WARNING: This plugin is a rewrite of merb-in-file-templates for merb >= 1.0 It
is very much a work in progress, and is NOT yet stable! Feel free to contribute
or fork if you are interesting though.

UPDATE: Due to the direction the merb project has taken, this plugin's
development has been put on hold indefinitly.

A plugin for the Merb framework that allows templates (views) to be defined in
the same file as the controller (Sinatra style). Especially useful for
--very-flat apps (making them truly flat), apps that have litle/small view
code, and for rapid prototyping.

==== Features
* Seamless integration with #render, #display
* Respects template reloading
* Very simple to use
* Flexible

==== Dependencies
* Merb > 0.9.4 (?)
* Rspec to run the specs

==== Examples
  #example for --very-flat app (single file app)

  class Application < Merb::Controller; end
  class Products < Application
    def index
      @products = Product.all
    def show
      @product = Product[params[:id]]

  @@ index.html.erb
  <h1>Product List</h1>
    <% for product in @products -%>
      <li><%= %></li>
    <% end -%>

  @@ show.html.erb
  <h1><%= %></h1>

In-file templates cohabit peacefully with regular external templates. So in the
above example, show.html.erb could be defined in views/products/show.html.erb
and both templates will still be picked up normally. In case of a name conflict
between an in-file and an external template, the external one will take
precedence and won't be overwritten, keeping it safe from data loss.

Template names follow the same rules as regular templates (usually

Layouts, stylesheets and javascript can also be placed in in-file templates.


  @@ layout/application.css

  @@ layout/products.css

  @@ stylesheets/application.css

  @@ javascripts/jquery.js

==== Tweaking
In order to be fed into merb's templating system, in-file templates need to be
written to external files. This means you will see dynamically created view
files inside your Merb.dir_for(:view) directory/subdirectories.

The directory in which files are stored is chosen based on the templating
system's native mechanisms, and so merb-in-file-templates will respect any
changes to it. Therefore if you want to change where template files are stored,
you can play with Merb.push_path(:view, ...) and the controller's
#_template_location method.

  Merb.push_path(:view, Merb.root / 'views')
  class Application
    def _template_location(context, type=nil, controller = controller_name)

This will tell Merb to look under the /views directory, for a template named

want even flatter?

  Merb.push_path(:view, Merb.root)
  class Application
    def _template_location(context, type=nil, controller=controller_name)

will give you a template under the root dir called view.products.index.html.erb
(adding a common prefix, 'view.' in the example above, causes template files to
show up nicely grouped with ls, file managers, etc, so they look organized even
without being placed in a subdirectory).

If you mix in-file and external templates and you don't want them to be mixed
in the same directories, you can tell merb-in-file-templates to store its
templates somewhere else. This is done through the config hash:

  Merb::Plugins.config[:in_file_templates] = {
    :view_root        => '...',
    :stylesheets_root => '...',
    :javascripts_root => '...',

For example, you could set

  :view_root => Merb.root / 'tmp' / 'ift_views'

to store your files in merb-root/tmp/ift_views, or

  :view_root => '/tmp'

to store files in your system's tmp directory.

Same goes for stylesheets and javascripts, but remember that those need to be
placed in a public directory, and that they need to be referenced properly from
within your html header. You can use the controller's
#ift_dir_for(:stylesheets) and #ift_dir_for(:javascripts) methods to find their

==== Rake Task
(cleanup rake task before deployment..)

==== Installation

==== Contact
If you have suggestions, comments, a patch, a git pull request, rants, doc
fixes/improvements, etc., feel free to contact me: mynyml at gmail, #rubyonrails, #merb

Happy Hacking!

Copyright (c) 2008 Martin Aumont (mynyml), released under the MIT license