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Suspenders is the base Rails application used at thoughtbot.

Suspenders boy

Installation

First install the suspenders gem:

gem install suspenders

Then run:

suspenders projectname

This will create a Rails app in projectname using the latest version of Rails.

Gemfile

To see the latest and greatest gems, look at Suspenders' Gemfile, which will be appended to the default generated projectname/Gemfile.

It includes application gems like:

And development gems like:

  • Dotenv for loading environment variables
  • Pry Rails for interactively exploring objects
  • ByeBug for interactively debugging behavior
  • Bundler Audit for scanning the Gemfile for insecure dependencies based on published CVEs
  • Spring for fast Rails actions via pre-loading
  • Web Console for better debugging via in-browser IRB consoles.

And testing gems like:

Other goodies

Suspenders also comes with:

Heroku

You can optionally create Heroku staging and production apps:

suspenders app --heroku true

This:

  • Creates a staging and production Heroku app
  • Sets them as staging and production Git remotes
  • Configures staging with RACK_ENV and RAILS_ENV environment variables set to staging
  • Adds the Rails Stdout Logging gem to configure the app to log to standard out, which is how Heroku's logging works.

You can optionally specify alternate Heroku flags:

suspenders app \
  --heroku true \
  --heroku-flags "--region eu --addons newrelic,sendgrid,ssl"

See all possible Heroku flags:

heroku help create

Git

This will initialize a new git repository for your Rails app. You can bypass this with the --skip-git option:

suspenders app --skip-git true

GitHub

You can optionally create a GitHub repository for the suspended Rails app. It requires that you have Hub on your system:

curl http://hub.github.com/standalone -sLo ~/bin/hub && chmod +x ~/bin/hub
suspenders app --github organization/project

This has the same effect as running:

hub create organization/project

Spring

Suspenders uses spring by default. It makes Rails applications load faster, but it might introduce confusing issues around stale code not being refreshed. If you think your application is running old code, run spring stop. And if you'd rather not use spring, add DISABLE_SPRING=1 to your login file.

Dependencies

Suspenders requires the latest version of Ruby.

Some gems included in Suspenders have native extensions. You should have GCC installed on your machine before generating an app with Suspenders.

Use OS X GCC Installer for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6).

Use Command Line Tools for XCode for Lion (OS X 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).

We use Capybara Webkit for full-stack JavaScript integration testing. It requires QT. Instructions for installing QT are here.

PostgreSQL needs to be installed and running for the db:create rake task.

Issues

If you have problems, please create a GitHub Issue.

Contributing

See CONTRIBUTING.md.

Thank you, contributors!

Need Help?

We offer 1-on-1 coaching. We can help you set up a new Rails application, write your first feature, and get up and running on Heroku. Get in touch.

License

Suspenders is Copyright © 2008-2015 thoughtbot. It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.

About thoughtbot

thoughtbot

Suspenders is maintained and funded by thoughtbot, inc. The names and logos for thoughtbot are trademarks of thoughtbot, inc.

We love open source software! See our other projects. We are available for hire.

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