People have complained that it takes far longer to create a basic app in
Rails than in Drupal, PHP, and other technologies. I’ve decided to do something about it by streamlining the process of starting a basic app.
out my new Ruby gem copy_rails_tutorial. It copies Michael Hartl’s Rails Tutorial Sample App for use in your projects and provides a great productivity advantage over starting a new app completely from scratch. The inputs are a base name (to replace “sample_app_rails_4”) and app name (to replace “SampleApp”). CopyRailsTutorial has several commands that you can execute from the normal Unix/Linux shell - copy_rails_tutorial_all, copy_rails_tutorial_static, and copy_rails_tutorial_users. RSpec, Cucumber, Guard, Spork, and Twitter Bootstrap formatting are all included out of the box.
“all” mode copies everything from the Rails Tutorial sample app - static pages, users, microposts, and relationships. After you run the setup.sh script added by this gem, all tests will pass. (Please note that for all other modes, you must follow the instructions in the notes/to_do.txt file to get all tests to pass.)
“static mode” includes the static pages but not the users, micro posts,
or relationships. The “users” mode includes static pages and user functionality but not micro posts or relationships.
you no longer need to plow through chapters 3 through 9 in Rails tutorial to start an app with static pages and users. If you use a Vagrant Box with pre-installed Ruby on Rails (with Linux, OS X, or Windows as a host OS), you can start
off with a computer lacking Ruby on Rails and have a basic Rails app up
and running in minutes instead of hours. This will be handy for Startup Weekend, 24-hour web site challenges, and other situations that don’t tolerate a leisurely pace.