Chapter 19. Extending Rails with Plugins

Once again, when we come to the creation of things by people, the form this unfolding takes, always, is step by step to please yourself. We cannot perform the unfolding process without knowing how to please ourselves.

—Christopher Alexander

Even though the standard Ruby on Rails APIs are very useful, sooner or later you’ll find yourself wishing for a particular feature not in Rails core or that a bit of standard Rails behavior were different. That’s where plugins come into play, and this book has already described many useful plugins that you will use on a day-to-day basis to write your Rails applications.

What about plugins as a way to accomplish reuse with our own code? Would learning ...

Get The Rails Way now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.