Chapter 12. Extending Rails with Plug-ins

Rails ships with a rich set of features and powerful functionality. It's often said that Rails is designed to solve most problems most of the time. It can't solve all problems or be all things to all people, and it doesn't try to do that. Instead, it provides a mechanism to easily extend and augment the core functionality: plug-ins. Plug-ins give developers the freedom to write extensions to Rails without needing to include those additions in the Rails core code.

This chapter shows you how plug-ins extend the functionality of Rails and make it even more comprehensive. You learn how to find and install plug-ins, and how to use plug-ins to add functionality to your blog application. Finally, you create a ...

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