Why did in place editing move to being in a plugin?

Hi,

So I just finished installing a plugin for in place editing. It works
and everything, but I guess I’m wondering why people decided to move
it to a plugin? I would think having it built in would remove a
dependency that might break in the future…

Anyone know the reasoning behind the decision?

Ron

Ron wrote:

So I just finished installing a plugin for in place editing. It works
and everything, but I guess I’m wondering why people decided to move
it to a plugin? I would think having it built in would remove a
dependency that might break in the future…

Anyone know the reasoning behind the decision?

Any non-plugin must commit to being the One True Best Implementation of
some
facility. The Rails core team reduces its workload - by orders of
magnitude -
when they focus on ActiveRecord, the Action* modules, and nothing else.

So if application X grows up with plugin Y, even if its maintainer
abandons Y,
then application Z might go with Y’s replacement, but X must continue to
iterate
using the last good version of Y.

So the short answer is “to foster competition among our minions”…

Hehe…okay, I understand now.

Since I’ve accepted the fact that I need a plugin, what plugin should
I use?

I downloaded super in place controls, but it doesn’t seem to actually
update my fields. Granted, I might have done something wrong–but I
followed the install instructions carefully.

So now I’m on to ruby script/plugin install
http://svn.rubyonrails.org/rails/plugins/in_place_editing. However,
according to http://dev.rubyonrails.org/ticket/10055
there’s a patch needed to get it to work. Trouble is, I don’t know
how to install a patch. Any ideas?

Ron

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