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Remove duplicate items from the left menu on rails_admin with this configuration

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I recently had an issue with Rails Admin, which was displaying duplicate models in the left hand side menu. It was something that I had not encountered before, and it turned out, it was a rare occasion, as I could not find that much coverage about it. I also saw that this unanswered question related to this problem was published more than a year and a half ago in StackOverflow. This is the reason why I decided to write this post. Continue reading

Integrate search forms in your projects with Ransack gem

 

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It is highly likely that you will have to work on a project that has some type of search forms implemented. Fortunately, as with many other type of functionalities that you can easily get out of the box without writing too much code in Rails projects, there is also a gem that is specific for this purpose. Ransack is a Ruby gem that enables the creation of both simple and advanced search forms for Ruby on Rails projects.

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Debug your Ruby code using ByeBug gem

 

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It is no doubt that one of the activities that takes most of the time of software developers is debugging. We as programmers can make many mistakes, which may lead to many bugs that need to be fixed. One of the best ways to fix these bugs, understand the flow of an application, or implement new features is through debugging. ByeBug is a great Ruby gem that helps us fix bugs and debug projects by going through each line. It is similar to pry, with additional functionalities. 

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Create easy-to-use interfaces for managing your data with RailsAdmin

 

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It’s obvious that a lot of applications need an admin panel, where the administrator or other lower level users need privileges to do certain data manipulations. Not everyone of them should be a technical person. Thus, you may need to provide them a user-friendly interface which gives them this opportunity. Fortunately, you can insert an admin panel in your Rails application easily using RailsAdmin.

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Add authorization restrictions in your applications using CanCan gem

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It is no doubt that there are certain pages that you do not need to have them viewed by all the visitors of your application. You can also have users of different roles that may not be allowed to access certain parts of your applications. There is a really good Ruby gem called cancan that excels at this. It makes the authorization of your app resources pretty straight-forward, so you do not have to duplicate permission checking code across controllers and views.

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Invoke a Ruby method after the response has been already sent with the Spawnling gem

Rails controllers have callbacks that can be useful when we want to execute a particular piece of code before or after other methods have been invoked. However, there is no Rails built-in after_response_sent callback that could be used to invoke a method after we have rendered the response to the user, either via an HTML or JSON response. Continue reading

Repeat code blocks after exceptions with Retryable gem

Retryable is another handy gem that lets you repeat a code block after an exception has happened. It has a really easy syntax, and comes with many customizations, that make it a great tool to use, especially when you have to work with web services.

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Get random data for your tests with Faker gem

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Developers may feel they do not have that much creativity when it comes to use random words as arguments, or values for many fields. For example, if we have some test cases when we are creating a new instance of a Book object, chances are that we will assign ‘book’ to this object’s title, which does not seem that much interesting. We code because it is something that gives us pleasure, and getting help with these types of difficulties can be helpful. Fortunately, there is a Ruby gem called Faker that generates random fake value that you can use in your tests.

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Add like/upvote function for your model using Acts as Votable gem

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The ability to rapidly develop new features in your Rails applications with a lot of cool gems gives you the opportunity to be very productive. At the time of this writing, 14,821,263,017 Ruby gems have been downloaded, which represents a really large number of developers who have fortunately been able to use open source gems of other fellow developers in their applications. Acts as Votable is no exception.

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Create ready-to-deploy-to-Heroku Rails apps with suspenders gem

Rails is one of the most popular web development frameworks. For those who do not know, it represents a compilation of many commonly used programming libraries written in Ruby, and that comes with the pattern of convention over configuration. In other words, it saves you a lot of time by avoiding the need to repeat the same initial procedures of setting up a project and so you only need to start implementing the business logic. Continue reading

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