Plugin gems?

i am not talking about rubygems.

Is there a gem that can help setup a framework that can allow a rails
app to
have a plugin architecture similar to what wordpress has? I basically
want
to be able to activate and deactivate plugins. What I would like is the
wordpress plugin architecture or something like it. Am not sure if there
is
a gem for it or what to search for. “plugins” doesn’t work to well as a
search feature and it seems like everything I get form that deals with
ruby
gems.

Buddy Lindsey


http://www.twitter.com/buddylindsey

Rails has the notion of plugins built into the framework, but
conceptually,
they’re very different than what WP people are used to. Essentially you
can
think of them as a Rails-specific alternative to Rubygems in that they
provide additional functionality that the developer can incorporate into
his
application. This can include changes in base framework behavior and
application views, but it might also be just an extension mechanism.

Management of Rails plugins is done on the command line; there’s no
graphical interface like the plugin screen used by WP Admin because
generally (though not necessarily) you need to also make changes to your
code in order to take advantage of installed plugins.

See: http://guides.rubyonrails.org/plugins.html

On Mar 6, 10:57pm, “Buddy Lindsey, Jr.” [email protected] wrote:

i am not talking about rubygems.

Is there a gem that can help setup a framework that can allow a rails app to
have a plugin architecture similar to what wordpress has? I basically want
to be able to activate and deactivate plugins. What I would like is the
wordpress plugin architecture or something like it. Am not sure if there is
a gem for it or what to search for. “plugins” doesn’t work to well as a
search feature and it seems like everything I get form that deals with ruby
gems.

Your best bet would probably be to check out how Spree (e-commerce)
and Radiant (CMS) implement that sort of thing. I’m not sure if
there’s a separate bit for doing this, but if there is it’s likely to
have been split out of one of those…

–Matt J.

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