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What does plugin exactly means

Paras Jain
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Joined: Feb 26, 2005
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Hi Nick and David,

When you say plugin, what do you exactly mean by that?

Do you mean plugins for IDEs that are available at the development time. Or it is kind of a framework for some specific functionality which you use of Rails. Like we have hibernate framework in Java for ORM etc.

BTW, what IDE is used for Ruby/Rails developement.


Paras Jain
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Matt Williams
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Joined: Feb 06, 2008
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Plugins are "libraries" which provide functionality to a rails application. They could add functionality to models, such as acts_as_list or to controllers or views. Generally they are small pieces of code which do one thing, although some are large and provide much more functionality.
Paras Jain
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Joined: Feb 26, 2005
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If I understood it correctly, they are like utility modules or classes like we have in java.util package. Right?
Matt Williams
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Joined: Feb 06, 2008
Posts: 14
Well... Not really. Those would be more like rubygems. The plugins are more application specific (i.e. rails specific) and provide code for the rails environment -- like a forms helper plugin, or something which allows for tagging of posts.
 
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