Great plugin list

July 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm 12 comments

Coming from PHP background, I actually find that there are not as many plugins / extensions on Rails as I am used to. One reason would be of course that RoR makes writing your own code much easier, the other – that not enough time yet passed and not every building block is written. One thing that I found a bit annoying is that you can find a plugin on Agile website (more or less official directory of RoR plugins) that is not the best one to use. You will download it, install and find out 2-3 hours later that it doesn’t do what’s needed (and usually was last updated couple of years ago). 1-2 weeks later still, after doing some modifications, you will actually come across a better plugin.

As a rule of thumb, if the plugin is not on github and was not updated in the last 2-3 months, think twice before installing it.

Another thing to do is to check out the popularity of the plugin on this great site – Ruby-toolbox.com. It does not list all plugin types, but most of the time based on my current experience it suggest the best plugin to use. And you actually might find out that somebody already made the hard work building the functionality you’re now starting to create.

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