Irb Tips and Tricks

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Quick lightning talk on some cool things you can do in IRB and the Rails Console. There's more in there than you think!

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  • Irb Tips and Tricks

    1. 1. Irb Tips and Tricks John McCaffrey Freelance Consultant @J_McCaffrey RailsPerformance.net
    2. 2. Here we go!• Irb is awesome• Common Usage patterns• Customizing Irb• Rails Console• References
    3. 3. In case I don’t finish...• IRB is extremely powerful and Customizable• A useful tool in your toolkit• Worth finding ways to improve your usage• Ask your friends, share your ideas• ....some compatibility issues in Rails 3
    4. 4. Irb is Awesome! http://tryruby.org/
    5. 5. IRB 101• printing, dates, calculations• object inspector• requiring files• file scripting
    6. 6. Tweak it• irb console settings• custom methods (I needed logging and acts_as_versioned inspection)• vim• irb subsession
    7. 7. What I didn’t cover• Debugging• Additional libraries• More Meta Programming• DRY concepts, testing, workflow
    8. 8. Resources++• Why’s IRB Guide http://bit.ly/_why_irb• http://cheat.errtheblog.com/s/rails_console• http://bit.ly/thoughtbot-irb• http://bit.ly/tagaholic-irb• https://github.com/cldwalker/ripl• http://bit.ly/stackoverflow-irb• http://bit.ly/pivotal-debug-irb
    9. 9. Resources+++• http://railscasts.com/episodes/48-console-tricks• http://slash7.com/2006/12/21/secrets-of-the-rails- console-ninjas• http://errtheblog.com/posts/24-irb-mix-tape• http://drnicwilliams.com/2006/10/12/my-irbrc-for- consoleirb• http://vimcasts.org/episodes/running-vim-within-irb

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