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This is the source code for the Boston Ruby Group's community website:

It's a Rails app running Ruby 1.9 and uses:

  • Postgres as a SQL database (SQLite for development)
  • jQuery for client-side behavior
  • Compass for stylesheets
  • SimpleForm for forms
  • Hoptoad for error notification
  • High Voltage for static pages
  • Capybara, RSpec, and VCR for integration testing
  • RSpec ad VCR for isolation testing
  • ValidAttribute for model validation testing
  • Factory Girl for test data


If you want to make changes locally, follow these steps:

Install Ruby 1.9.2 (if necessary). RVM is optional, but highly recommended

rvm install 1.9.2
rvm use 1.9.2 --default

Install bundler

gem install bundler

Create your own fork of the bostonrb repository on github

Clone your new fork

git clone
cd bostonrb

For local development, install the required gems, minus the production and staging gemspecs

bundle install --without production staging

Setup the development database (uses sqlite)

cp config/database.example.yml config/database.yml
rake db:create && rake db:migrate && rake db:seed

Run the tests


Run the server

rails server


The site is deployed to Heroku and takes advantage of their Varnish layer by setting far future expires HTTP headers.


Presentations can handle videos from Vimeo, Youtube, and

Just use the set the video_url attribute on the presentation to the video's actual URL and everything is parsed.

The one exception is You must use the src value from the video's embed code instead of the video's URL.


This app is built and maintained by members of the BostonRB community

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