Since my last proposal was so roundly applauded...
Today, Rails templates all use the filename extensions of their target
files - a template that will become an .rb file ends in .rb.
But they're not .rb files; they're .erb files. They are not
necessarily valid Ruby. And this conflicts with a wonderful Eclipse
feature (supported by Aptana RadRails/RDT) where files with syntax
errors - and all parent folders of those files - have their icons
decorated with a red "x" so you can see if something in your project
is broken. Since all my projects use edge rails in vendor/rails, all
my projects appear to be broken all the time.
How would folks feel about a patch that (a) changes the generator to
allow (but not require) template files ending in .rb.erb, .txt.erb,
etc., and (b) changes the built-in Rails generators to use .erb?
Rails 2.0 is already doing a mass rename of view files, so this would
fit right in; it wouldn't affect those of you using TextMate, and it
shouldn't break backward compatibility for any custom generators