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Recommended Rails Plugins

Published by Robert Bousquet on 2008-05-22 16:24:00 UTC

I use these plugins in almost every project. Here’s the list:

This is a basic restful authentication generator for rails, taken from acts as authenticated.

SSL requirement adds a declarative way of specifying that certain actions should only be allowed to run under SSL, and if they’re accessed without it, they should be redirected.

Add a comment summarizing the current schema to the top of each ActiveRecord model source file.

Allows Rails to use GMail’s secure SMTP server to send emails from ActionMailer.

Easily paginate records, provides a great interface.

This is a simple plugin extracted from Mephisto for creating permalinks from attributes.

Makes handling of file uploads really easy and has a nice integration with rmagick. I’ve been using this for a couple of years, it’s solid.

attachment_fu is a plugin by Rick Olson (aka technoweenie) and is the successor to acts_as_attachment. To get a basic run-through of its capabilities, check out Mike Clark’s tutorial.

This is a collection of hacks and tricks that may or may not actually be useful. It is intended more as a tool for exploring (and teaching) the internals of Rails’ routing implementation. Works great to specify subdomain or domain scopes for routes.

The Exception Notifier plugin provides a mailer object and a default set of templates for sending email notifications when errors occur in a Rails application.

Active Merchant is an extraction from the e-commerce system Shopify. Shopify’s requirements for a simple and unified API to access dozens of different payment gateways with very different internal APIs was the chief principle in designing the library.