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Ruby on Rails Meets Eclipse
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Creating a Rails Application

Next, we create a Rails project with File>New>Project. In the New gallery, select the Rails Project wizard and click on Next.

Creating a Rails Project
Figure 16. Creating a Rails project

Specify a project name, catalog, in the New Rails Project frame and select the options "Generate Rails Application skeleton" and "Create a WEBrick Server." Click on Finish. A Rails application gets created, as shown in the Rails Navigator view.

Rails Application
Figure 17. Rails application

We need to modify the database.yml file for the MySQL database:

development:
  adapter: mysql
  database: test
  username: root
  password: 
  host: localhost

Modifying database.yml
Figure 18. Modifying database.yml

Create a database table, catalogs, in the MySQL database using SQL script:

CREATE TABLE catalogs(Journal VARCHAR(255), 
Publisher VARCHAR(255),Edition VARCHAR(255), 
Title Varchar(255), Author Varchar(255));
INSERT INTO catalogs VALUES('developerWorks', 
'IBM', 'September 2006', 'A PHP V5 migration  guide', 'Jack D. Herrington');
INSERT INTO catalogs VALUES('developerWorks',   
'IBM', 'September 2006', 'Make Ruby on Rails easy with RadRails and Eclipse
', 'Pat Eyler');

Creating a CRUD Application

Next, we create the scaffolding for the database table catalogs. ActiveRecord uses pluralization; the database table name is the plural of the model class name with the first letter of the table name in lowercase. The scaffolding consists of model and controller scripts and RHTML view templates. Create the scaffolding with the scaffold generator. Select the Generators view and select the scaffold generator. Specify a model name, catalog, and click the Go button. A controller name is optional in the scaffold generator and defaults to the plural of the model name.

Creating Scaffolding for 'catalogs' table
Figure 19. Creating scaffolding for the "catalogs" table

The scaffolding for the catalogs table gets created. The scaffolding consists of the model class, Catalog, which extends the ActiveRecord::Base class, and a controller class, CatalogsController, which extends the ApplicationController class, which in turn further extends the ActionController::Base class. The model script is generated in the app/models directory, and the controller script is generated in the app/controllers directory. The view templates, _form.rhtml, show.rhtml, list.rhtml, edit.rhtml, and new.rhtml get created in the app/views/catalogs directory. Next, we start the WEBrick server configuration for the Rails application, catalog, as shown in Figure 20.

Starting WEBrick Server
Figure 20. Starting WEBrick server

The WEBrick server gets started. Display the WEBrick console with the URL http://localhost:3000. Display the list of the catalog entries with the controller action list. Invoke the list action with the URL http://localhost:3000/catalogs/list.

Listing catalogs
Figure 21. Listing catalogs

As you can see, a Ruby on Rails application may be created in a command-line tool, but it can also be created in Eclipse using one of the Ruby on Rails plugins for Eclipse.

Deepak Vohra is a NuBean consultant and a web developer.


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