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NOTE - I am about to rewrite this blog in GRAILS, just for fun ;) This is a very basic Blogging engine, specifically written to host blog.wolfman.com. Written in Merb as a way to learn Merb, and compare and contrast to Rails. Uses HAML as the rendering engine and Sequel as the ORM. The sidebar components (ads, tags, categories etc) use parts, where each sidebar component is an action in the parts controller, and has a view for each sidebar component, then the sidebar components (ie parts) are listed in ther order they should appear in the global layout. It has RSS feeds for comments and articles. Has a simple admin mode which allows the admin to delete posts or comments, and to upload new articles. Has a ridiculously simple scheme for stopping spambots, which actually seems to work very well. To run the cucumber based features you need to... > gem sources -a http://gems.github.com > sudo gem install cucumber > sudo gem install webrat > sudo gem install roman-merb_cucumber > rake features I didn't add these to the dependencies (for bundling) as they are not required for production. NOTE that none of the specs work, as I used cucumber to do the testing instead, but I left the spec stubs in case I changed my mind. A note on my feature testing... I use a hybrid paradigm of fixtures and factories for seeding the database. Basically I load the data directly into the database using some Sequel helpers (see db_helpers). The idea is that data is loaded as needed by Givens in each Scenario, which calls the relevant db_helper to load the data needed for that Scenario. This means that all data is not loaded every time, it is faster than a factory because it loads directly into the database bypassing the Models, it keeps the data close to the tests so it is easier to maintain. It maybe slower than fixtures as data is not loaded once at the start as it can be with fixturesm but faster if the fixtures are reloaded every Scenario. At least that is the theory. YMMV Recent Changes -------------- * Added page caching, full pages get cached and Apache mod_rewrite fetches the cached pages directly. * Uses will_paginate instead of merb-paginate. * Made all article/post access via permalink * Made access to / redirect to /posts/page/1 to keep the cache from duplicating the index * Flush entire page cache on new comments * Flush entire page cache on create and update posts * Switched to action store cache instead, still delete as above * using action store do not use cache if authenticated so admin oages are not cached TODO ==== 1. Figure out how to flush a specific page cache rather than the whole lot 2. purge empty categories and tags 3. have different messages in different colors (error, note, warning)