150 Rails Plugins


#1

The Rails Plugin Directory now has over 150 plugins and RDoc support
too: http://www.bencurtis.com/archives/2006/05/150-rails-plugins/


Benjamin C.
http://www.bencurtis.com/
http://www.tesly.com/ – Collaborative test case management
http://www.agilewebdevelopment.com/ – Resources for the Rails community


#2

Nice work. Thank you.

Michael


#3

The Rails Plugin Directory now has over 150 plugins and RDoc support

I wonder: is this really a good news: 150 plugins, and counting?! How
many in 6 months?
It would currently take 2.5 hour just to spend 1 minute per plugin to
read its name, description and very very briefly check its home site.

Where is the good old
“Less is more”
gone?

More is less.

Alain


#4

I couldn’t disagree more. I take the number to mean that there is a
super strong community of users who are willing to put the time into
producing re-usable code. I’ve only written two small plugins, but I
know I could have completed the task I was using them for much faster if
I hadn’t taken the time to package the code into a plugin. Look at all
the modules on CPAN. A lot of people still use perl today just for the
fact that they have access to 1000’s (10,000s?) of modules. Does the
number of perl modules make perl bloated? I think the fact there are a
lot of plugins is great. It helps to keep the core rails framework from
becoming too fat. This way you only have to use a plugin if you want.

On Fri, 2006-05-26 at 20:29 +0200, Alain R. wrote:

More is less.

Alain


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#5

Hmm, “less is more” is all well and good for doing a specific job, but
surely all this availability of code is a good thing. If you want to
find something which does a job you need doing, you search for it,
find it, install it and run it, so you don’t need to do it yourself.
That is “less is more”.
-N


#6

The Rails Plugin Directory now has over 150 plugins and RDoc support

I wonder: is this really a good news: 150 plugins, and counting?! How many in
6 months?

It is if you need something from one of them :slight_smile:

It would currently take 2.5 hour just to spend 1 minute per plugin to read
its name, description and very very briefly check its home site.

subscribe to the feed… I spend about 2 minutes a day… i don’t look
at
them that closely though…

http://feeds.feedburner.com/RubyOnRailsPlugins

-philip


#7

Alain R. wrote:

The Rails Plugin Directory now has over 150 plugins and RDoc support

I wonder: is this really a good news: 150 plugins, and counting?! How
many in 6 months?
It would currently take 2.5 hour just to spend 1 minute per plugin to
read its name, description and very very briefly check its home site.

Where is the good old
“Less is more”
gone?

More is less.

Alain

I don’t have a problem with all these plugins. They solve the kind of
problems they were designed to, add functionality and cover those 5% of
edge cases. The problem comes when you have 10 plugins that do the same
thing. I don’t think we’re there yet and with sites like Benjamin’s I
don’t see it happening. Extracting code/logic from working applications
and easily distributing it is turning out some great plugins.