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== Preparation ==
=== Create the basic app ===
The examples in this guide require that you have a working rails application. To create a simple rails app execute:
gem install rails
rails yaffle_guide
cd yaffle_guide
script/generate scaffold bird name:string
rake db:migrate
Then navigate to http://localhost:3000/birds. Make sure you have a functioning rails app before continuing.
.Editor's note:
NOTE: The aforementioned instructions will work for sqlite3. For more detailed instructions on how to create a rails app for other databases see the API docs.
=== Generate the plugin skeleton ===
Rails ships with a plugin generator which creates a basic plugin skeleton. Pass the plugin name, either 'CamelCased' or 'under_scored', as an argument. Pass `\--with-generator` to add an example generator also.
This creates a plugin in 'vendor/plugins' including an 'init.rb' and 'README' as well as standard 'lib', 'task', and 'test' directories.
./script/generate plugin yaffle
./script/generate plugin yaffle --with-generator
To get more detailed help on the plugin generator, type `./script/generate plugin`.
Later on this guide will describe how to work with generators, so go ahead and generate your plugin with the `\--with-generator` option now:
./script/generate plugin yaffle --with-generator
You should see the following output:
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/lib
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/tasks
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/test
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/README
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/MIT-LICENSE
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/Rakefile
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/init.rb
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/install.rb
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/uninstall.rb
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/lib/yaffle.rb
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/tasks/yaffle_tasks.rake
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/test/core_ext_test.rb
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/generators
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/generators/yaffle
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/generators/yaffle/templates
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/generators/yaffle/yaffle_generator.rb
create vendor/plugins/yaffle/generators/yaffle/USAGE
=== Setup the plugin for testing ===
If your plugin interacts with a database, you'll need to setup a database connection. In this guide you will learn how to test your plugin against multiple different database adapters using Active Record. This guide will not cover how to use fixtures in plugin tests.
To setup your plugin to allow for easy testing you'll need to add 3 files:
* A 'database.yml' file with all of your connection strings
* A 'schema.rb' file with your table definitions
* A test helper method that sets up the database
:adapter: sqlite
:dbfile: vendor/plugins/yaffle/test/yaffle_plugin.sqlite.db
:adapter: sqlite3
:dbfile: vendor/plugins/yaffle/test/yaffle_plugin.sqlite3.db
:adapter: postgresql
:username: postgres
:password: postgres
:database: yaffle_plugin_test
:min_messages: ERROR
:adapter: mysql
:host: localhost
:username: root
:password: password
:database: yaffle_plugin_test
For this guide you'll need 2 tables/models, Hickwalls and Wickwalls, so add the following:
[source, ruby]
ActiveRecord::Schema.define(:version => 0) do
create_table :hickwalls, :force => true do |t|
t.string :name
t.string :last_squawk
t.datetime :last_squawked_at
create_table :wickwalls, :force => true do |t|
t.string :name
t.string :last_tweet
t.datetime :last_tweeted_at
[source, ruby]
ENV['RAILS_ENV'] = 'test'
ENV['RAILS_ROOT'] ||= File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../../../..'
require 'test/unit'
require File.expand_path(File.join(ENV['RAILS_ROOT'], 'config/environment.rb'))
def load_schema
config = YAML::load( + '/database.yml'))
ActiveRecord::Base.logger = + "/debug.log")
db_adapter = ENV['DB']
# no db passed, try one of these fine config-free DBs before bombing.
db_adapter ||=
require 'rubygems'
require 'sqlite'
rescue MissingSourceFile
require 'sqlite3'
rescue MissingSourceFile
if db_adapter.nil?
raise "No DB Adapter selected. Pass the DB= option to pick one, or install Sqlite or Sqlite3."
load(File.dirname(__FILE__) + "/schema.rb")
require File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../init.rb'
Now whenever you write a test that requires the database, you can call 'load_schema'.
=== Run the plugin tests ===
Once you have these files in place, you can write your first test to ensure that your plugin-testing setup is correct. By default rails generates a file in 'vendor/plugins/yaffle/test/yaffle_test.rb' with a sample test. Replace the contents of that file with:
[source, ruby]
require File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/test_helper.rb'
class YaffleTest < Test::Unit::TestCase
class Hickwall < ActiveRecord::Base
class Wickwall < ActiveRecord::Base
def test_schema_has_loaded_correctly
assert_equal [], Hickwall.all
assert_equal [], Wickwall.all
To run this, go to the plugin directory and run `rake`:
cd vendor/plugins/yaffle
You should see output like:
/opt/local/bin/ruby -Ilib:lib "/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/rake-0.8.3/lib/rake/rake_test_loader.rb" "test/yaffle_test.rb"
-- create_table(:hickwalls, {:force=>true})
-> 0.0220s
-- create_table(:wickwalls, {:force=>true})
-> 0.0077s
-- initialize_schema_migrations_table()
-> 0.0007s
-- assume_migrated_upto_version(0)
-> 0.0007s
Loaded suite /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/rake-0.8.3/lib/rake/rake_test_loader
Finished in 0.002236 seconds.
1 test, 1 assertion, 0 failures, 0 errors
By default the setup above runs your tests with sqlite or sqlite3. To run tests with one of the other connection strings specified in database.yml, pass the DB environment variable to rake:
rake DB=sqlite
rake DB=sqlite3
rake DB=mysql
rake DB=postgresql
Now you are ready to test-drive your plugin!
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