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A distillation of my best practices as a Rails template. Will create an application and launch it into Heroku at the push of a button.
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This is the template I use on my new applications. It’s very specifically geared for the tools I use, and includes some of my coding idioms. The gold directory is a great example of what an app created with this template will end up looking like.

This template includes:

Full user system

  • Authentication via Authlogic,
  • Streamlined user registration initially requiring just email address
  • User confirmation/activation

Configured for Heroku

Including .gems manifest and automatic app creation.

This template will create a new, free, heroku app automatically. BEWARE

User avatars in Amazon S3 via Paperclip

Blueprint based default style

Plugins & Gems:

To use:

It’s a good idea to have some info handy, including:

  • The hoptoad key for the new project
  • A gmail email address and password for configuring outgoing email
  • The S3 key and secret for paperclip avatars

Once you’ve got that, run:

rails myapp -m

You can also supply the configuration values on the commandline:

rails myapp -m -- --s3_key=foo

Note the extra ‘—’ in there, which must come before the rest of the options. The supported options are:

  • —hoptoad_key
  • —gmail_username
  • —gmail_password
  • —s3_key
  • —s3_secret

AGAIN: This template will create a new, free, heroku app automatically.


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