Panayotis Matsinopoulos

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Ruby on Rails Gems I Use

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Since I have started developing applications with Ruby on Rails, I have used again and again some very useful gems. Here they are:

  • bundler: The gem dependency resolver and manager.
  • mysql2: The ActiveRecord adapter for MySQL. MySQL is my personal preference for database server.
  • fast_gettext, gettext_i18n_rails, gettext: For I18n.
  • routing-filter: I used this one in one of my multilingual applications, when I wanted my paths to include the locale.
  • foreigner: Allows me to declare foreign keys in my migrations.
  • nilify_blanks: Very useful to convert empty parameter values to nulls and avoid storing empty strings in db where it should be null.
  • jquery-rails: For jQuery used in rails.
  • settingslogic: For run-time configuration settings.
  • dynamic_form: For “error_messages_for” in my views.
  • kaminari: For pagination in my index views.
  • unicode: For Unicode support which is missing in ruby 1.8 (available in 1.9).
  • rmagick, carrierwave: For image uploading and resizing.
  • acts_as_list: For lists that I want to be able to easily reposition their items.
  • sitemap_generator: Usefull gem to let you generate sitemap files.

Especially for development and testing:

  • mongrel: A web server adequate for development and better than Webrick.
  • web-app-theme: A layout for quick start of my web fron end.
  • ruby-debug, ruby-debug-ide: For debugging from within my IDE (Intellij)
  • mocha: For Moching and Stubbing
  • single_test: To be able to run a single test from the command line
  • cucumber-rails, database_cleaner: For Cucumber tests.

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