ANNOUNCE: Hirb - A gem enhancing your script/console


#1

Hi,
I’m announcing Hirb, a mini view framework which enables script/
console to provide custom views.
Out of the box your activerecord objects come back as ascii tables.
You can also configure your tree-based models to return as ascii
trees:
Numeric
|-- Float
|-- Integer
| |-- Bignum
| -- Fixnum |-- Date::Infinity– Rational

I’ve written two tutorials on it:
http://tagaholic.me/2009/03/13/hirb-irb-on-the-good-stuff.html
and
http://tagaholic.me/2009/03/18/ruby-class-trees-rails-plugin-trees-with-hirb.html
It’s also got some decent documentation: http://tagaholic.me/hirb/doc/

To try it out: gem install cldwalker-hirb --source
http://gems.github.com

Enjoy!
Gabriel


#2

Gabriel,

This looks pretty cool! Quick question: is there a way to set this up
to be used automatically from script/console and/or irb?

Thanks,

-Danimal


#3

This looks pretty cool! Quick question: is there a way to set this up
to be used automatically from script/console and/or irb?

Should be able to just put the following into your ~/.irbrc

require ‘hirb’
Hirb::View.enable


#4

Thanks Phillip. Danimal, if you’re using Hirb just for Rails, you can
add it in config/environment.rb and only have
it load when using script/console:
if $0 == ‘irb’
require ‘hirb’
Hirb::View.enable
end

Also, if you’re using Wirble make sure to put Hirb::View.enable after
loading Wirble.

Gabriel