Forum: Ruby on Rails [ANN] Toffee Plugin - Controller-less admin screens

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690247bbedee9ee592827abfbc23f715?d=identicon&s=25 David Fitzgibbon (davyfitz)
on 2007-02-16 12:01
Hi All,

I am hoping that some of you would like to try my Engine-Style plugin
for Rails 1.2, its in its very early stages. It allows you to view admin
screens (list, edit, create, delete etc) for models without the need to
create extra controllers or views.

Sorry there's no site up or screencast but it really is a piece of cake
to get up and running, simply do...

script/plugin install

Then add the following in config/routes.rb before the default route and
any you've added yourself.

map.from_plugin :toffee

Then start your app, and go to the url '/admin/<your_model>' then follow
the instructions on screen.

If you would like a different prefix you can manually add the route
instead of using map.from_plugin, as follows:

map.connect 'my_prefix/:model/:action/:id', :controller => 'toffee'

Thanks in advance to anyone who gives it a try,

David Fitzgibbon.
B2896675ee61d866e6a5a19407730602?d=identicon&s=25 (Guest)
on 2007-02-16 13:41
(Received via mailing list)
I like where it's heading, however right now it's seems like a
slightly enhanced scaffolding (I didn't dig too deep, so pardon me if
I missed something). I specially like being able to define custom
options for each model.

What I'd really like though (and I assume this is the goal with
toffee) is a more full blown admin, with some real authentication, an
index page with some stats from toffee enabled models, an WYSIWYG
editor for text fields and stuff like that. I'd really consider using
it for simpler projects if it had all that, else I don't see how it
can be very useful. I also like the search function, which is
something that scaffolding doesn't give you.

Anyway, just my $0.02, good luck with your plugin!

On Feb 16, 9:01 am, David Fitzgibbon <rails-mailing-l...@andreas-
690247bbedee9ee592827abfbc23f715?d=identicon&s=25 David Fitzgibbon (davyfitz)
on 2007-02-16 14:31
Thanks for taking the time to try it out, I'm glad it worked :o)

Regarding Authentication, Toffee will inherit whatever authentication
the rest of the application is using, you can also add any special
conditions by adding a ToffeeController in RAILS_ROOT/app/controllers. I
didn't want to put people off by including authentication stuff that I
liked but which they might dislike.

I also would like to point out that I don't expect Toffee to be tailored
to replace a full blown web application. It is merely a quick and easy
way to see (and manipulate) the models, fields and data that a web app
is built upon. It just cuts out some of the tedious work involved in
building simple generic admin screens.

However I do fully admit that there are a lot more capabilities that
could be exploited.
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