Looking for a Rails AJAX gallery/tutorial


#1

Hello everyone,

Do any of you know of a downloadable Rails app that demonstrates all
the bundled AJAX-iness in an impressive form?

I’m looking for two things:

  • something I can show off to wow people with Rails’ built-in AJAX
    power, then show them the code that does the work and wow them again
    with the simplicity. In short, something that will impress potential
    customers, as well as developers
  • something I can use as a tutorial, both for myself and to bring
    others up to speed. I can find plenty of AJAX and/or Rails info
    around, but nothing that ties together all the built-in Rails AJAX
    info in one place with relatively newbie-friendly documentation and
    in-use examples that are visually impressive

Conceptually, I want to have this app sitting on my laptop, so when
the opportunity comes up to be a Rails fanboy, I can fire it up and
show it off. Also, if I need either a brain jogger or a reference for
how some AJAX feature works, I can get it out of the same app in a
reasonable amount of detail.

I don’t particularly want a useful app, just one that shows off all
the Rails/AJAX power in such a way that people will think “Hmm, it’d
be really useful to have that capability in MY app…”.

If such an app doesn’t already exist, I can start to put something
together, but I’m short of available time and my skills are in backend
stuff rather than CSS/UI goodness. I’d strongly prefer to contribute
to a project that already exists, rather than start one from scratch.

Anyone, anyone?

Thanks in advance

Dave M.


#2

These aren’t exactly downloadable, but source code is provided (you’ll
have to put in a decent amount of work to get some of them running
locally though):

http://demo.script.aculo.us/


#3

On May 20, 2006, at 7:46 PM, David M. wrote:

  • something I can use as a tutorial, both for myself and to bring

I don’t particularly want a useful app, just one that shows off all
the Rails/AJAX power in such a way that people will think “Hmm, it’d
be really useful to have that capability in MY app…”.

If such an app doesn’t already exist, I can start to put something
together, but I’m short of available time and my skills are in backend
stuff rather than CSS/UI goodness. I’d strongly prefer to contribute
to a project that already exists, rather than start one from scratch.

Take a look at the revised “depot” application from AWDR 2nd edition
(PDF only right now). Dave T. rewrote a bunch of it to use AJAX
in addition to some AJAX special effects (highlighting and whatnot).
It doesn’t exercise every cool AJAX element but it’s probably a
decent enough foundation for you to add a few more effects.

Go to pragmaticprogrammer.com and look for it (it’ll cost you $20 or
so for the PDF).

cr


#4

David M. wrote:

  • something I can use as a tutorial, both for myself and to bring

Thanks in advance

Dave M.


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I haven’t used it but there’s tableau:

http://creativi.st/blog/articles/2006/02/27/tableau


#5

On Sun, May 21, 2006 at 10:46:47AM +1000, David M. wrote:

Do any of you know of a downloadable Rails app that demonstrates all
the bundled AJAX-iness in an impressive form?

I’m looking for two things:

  • something I can show off to wow people with Rails’ built-in AJAX
    power, then show them the code that does the work and wow them again
    with the simplicity. In short, something that will impress potential
    customers, as well as developers

Well, the ajax_scaffold works well …
Gets the direct-from-database CRUD in one hit (model validations an
extra, of course) and all the CRUD is ajax’d …

-jim


#6

I haven’t used it but there’s tableau:

http://creativi.st/blog/articles/2006/02/27/tableau

I hacked a simple gallery from tableau. It is a great kick start to
get your app going.

~ Ben

On 5/21/06, Chris T removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

customers, as well as developers
reasonable amount of detail.
Anyone, anyone?

http://creativi.st/blog/articles/2006/02/27/tableau


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