Exploring Padrino

I’ve finally decided to test the “Padrino” waters again. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it lately, and a recent benchmark blew my fucking mind. So here I am, looking at the website, in my terminal, and with an editor open. A word about Padrino first: It’s not an MVC framework, despite what the website says and how familiar that architecture feels. It’s actually a PAC, and it would do you well to remember this when using Padrino.

My first step of course, was to make a directory for my project. Since I didn’t know if I’d like Padrino, this time, I figured I might want to try out multiple ideas. This means making a whole padrino directory in my ~/repo/ruby/ path. Having done so I then made the project directory (~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname) so that I’d have a place to put my .rvmrc. Specifically this is so I could install Padrino into the cloudname gemset.

Having made the padrino directory, the cloudname directory, and the .rvmrc with rvm --create --rvmrc 1.9.2@cloudname (and cleaning up the extra rc file) I went on to install Padrino. To do this I looked at the website instructions which promptly told me to use gem install padrino. No sight of anything related to Bundler, which will probably annoy me. The resulting output is as follows:

krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
$ gem install padrino
Fetching: tilt-1.3.2.gem (100%)
Fetching: rack-1.3.2.gem (100%)
Fetching: sinatra-1.2.6.gem (100%)
Fetching: url_mount-0.2.1.gem (100%)
Fetching: http_router-0.9.7.gem (100%)
Fetching: thor-0.14.6.gem (100%)
Fetching: activesupport-3.0.9.gem (100%)
Fetching: padrino-core-0.10.1.gem (100%)

 When upgrading, please 'enable :sessions' for each application as shown here: http://bit.ly/kODKMx
 When upgrading, please 'register Padrino::Rendering' for each application as shown here: https://gist.github.com/1d36a35794dbbd664ea4

Fetching: i18n-0.5.0.gem (100%)
Fetching: padrino-helpers-0.10.1.gem (100%)
Fetching: mime-types-1.16.gem (100%)
Fetching: polyglot-0.3.2.gem (100%)
Fetching: treetop-1.4.10.gem (100%)
Fetching: mail-2.3.0.gem (100%)
Fetching: padrino-mailer-0.10.1.gem (100%)
Fetching: bundler-1.0.17.gem (100%)
Fetching: diff-lcs-1.1.2.gem (100%)
Fetching: grit-2.4.1.gem (100%)
Fetching: padrino-gen-0.10.1.gem (100%)
Fetching: padrino-cache-0.10.1.gem (100%)
Fetching: padrino-admin-0.10.1.gem (100%)
Fetching: padrino-0.10.1.gem (100%)
Successfully installed tilt-1.3.2
Successfully installed rack-1.3.2
Successfully installed sinatra-1.2.6
Successfully installed url_mount-0.2.1
Successfully installed http_router-0.9.7
Successfully installed thor-0.14.6
Successfully installed activesupport-3.0.9
Successfully installed padrino-core-0.10.1
Successfully installed i18n-0.5.0
Successfully installed padrino-helpers-0.10.1
Successfully installed mime-types-1.16
Successfully installed polyglot-0.3.2
Successfully installed treetop-1.4.10
Successfully installed mail-2.3.0
Successfully installed padrino-mailer-0.10.1
Successfully installed bundler-1.0.17
Successfully installed diff-lcs-1.1.2
Successfully installed grit-2.4.1
Successfully installed padrino-gen-0.10.1
Successfully installed padrino-cache-0.10.1
Successfully installed padrino-admin-0.10.1
Successfully installed padrino-0.10.1
22 gems installed
Installing ri documentation for tilt-1.3.2...
Installing ri documentation for rack-1.3.2...
Installing ri documentation for sinatra-1.2.6...
Installing ri documentation for url_mount-0.2.1...
Installing ri documentation for http_router-0.9.7...
Installing ri documentation for thor-0.14.6...
Installing ri documentation for activesupport-3.0.9...
Installing ri documentation for padrino-core-0.10.1...
Installing ri documentation for i18n-0.5.0...
Installing ri documentation for padrino-helpers-0.10.1...
Installing ri documentation for mime-types-1.16...
Installing ri documentation for polyglot-0.3.2...
Installing ri documentation for treetop-1.4.10...
Installing ri documentation for mail-2.3.0...
Installing ri documentation for padrino-mailer-0.10.1...
Installing ri documentation for bundler-1.0.17...
Installing ri documentation for diff-lcs-1.1.2...
Installing ri documentation for grit-2.4.1...
Installing ri documentation for padrino-gen-0.10.1...
Installing ri documentation for padrino-cache-0.10.1...
Installing ri documentation for padrino-admin-0.10.1...
Installing ri documentation for padrino-0.10.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for tilt-1.3.2...
Installing RDoc documentation for rack-1.3.2...
Installing RDoc documentation for sinatra-1.2.6...
Installing RDoc documentation for url_mount-0.2.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for http_router-0.9.7...
Installing RDoc documentation for thor-0.14.6...
Installing RDoc documentation for activesupport-3.0.9...
Installing RDoc documentation for padrino-core-0.10.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for i18n-0.5.0...
Installing RDoc documentation for padrino-helpers-0.10.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for mime-types-1.16...
Installing RDoc documentation for polyglot-0.3.2...
Installing RDoc documentation for treetop-1.4.10...
Installing RDoc documentation for mail-2.3.0...
Installing RDoc documentation for padrino-mailer-0.10.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for bundler-1.0.17...
Installing RDoc documentation for diff-lcs-1.1.2...
Installing RDoc documentation for grit-2.4.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for padrino-gen-0.10.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for padrino-cache-0.10.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for padrino-admin-0.10.1...
Installing RDoc documentation for padrino-0.10.1...

After carefully reading the documentation on the various generators, including the project generator, I decided on using this setup:

  padrino generate project cloudname --orm mongoid --test riot --script jquery --renderer slim --mock rr  --stylesheet compass

Which denotes a mongoid orm, riot test suite, jquery library, slim html renderer, and rr for mocking. It produced this output:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino
  $ padrino generate project cloudname --orm mongoid --test riot --script jquery --renderer slim --mock rr  --stylesheet compass
        create  .gitignore
        create  config.ru
        create  config/apps.rb
        create  config/boot.rb
        create  public/favicon.ico
        create  public/images
        create  public/javascripts
        create  public/stylesheets
        create  tmp
        create  .components
        create  app
        create  app/app.rb
        create  app/controllers
        create  app/helpers
        create  app/views
        create  app/views/layouts
        create  Gemfile
  Applying 'mongoid' (orm)...
         apply  orms/mongoid
        insert  Gemfile
        insert  Gemfile
        create  config/database.rb
  Applying 'riot' (test)...
         apply  tests/riot
        insert  Gemfile
        insert  Gemfile
        create  test/test_config.rb
        create  test/test.rake
  Applying 'rr' (mock)...
         apply  mocks/rr
        insert  Gemfile
        insert  test/test_config.rb
  Applying 'jquery' (script)...
         apply  scripts/jquery
        create  public/javascripts/jquery.js
        create  public/javascripts/jquery-ujs.js
        create  public/javascripts/application.js
  Applying 'slim' (renderer)...
         apply  renderers/slim
        insert  Gemfile
  Applying 'compass' (stylesheet)...
         apply  stylesheets/compass
        insert  Gemfile
        create  lib/compass_plugin.rb
        insert  app/app.rb
        create  app/stylesheets
        create  app/stylesheets/application.scss
        create  app/stylesheets/partials/_base.scss
     identical  .components

  cloudname is ready for development!
  $ cd ./cloudname
  $ bundle install

It should be noted that I attempted to run the command in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname/ with the -r option set to ../cloudname. Instead of building the project in my current directory it built it in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname/cloudname.

At this time I started my MongoDB instance, on the address/port. Following the instructions I moved into the cloudname directory and ran bundle install:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ bundle install
  Fetching source index for http://rubygems.org/
  Installing rake (0.9.2)
  Installing activesupport (3.0.9)
  Installing builder (2.1.2)
  Installing i18n (0.5.0)
  Installing activemodel (3.0.9)
  Installing bson (1.3.1)
  Installing bson_ext (1.3.1) with native extensions
  Using bundler (1.0.15)
  Installing chunky_png (1.2.1)
  Installing fssm (0.2.7)
  Installing sass (3.1.7)
  Installing compass (0.11.5)
  Installing diff-lcs (1.1.2)
  Using mime-types (1.16)
  Installing grit (2.4.1)
  Installing rack (1.3.2)
  Installing url_mount (0.2.1)
  Installing http_router (0.9.7)
  Installing polyglot (0.3.2)
  Installing treetop (1.4.10)
  Installing mail (2.3.0)
  Installing mongo (1.3.1)
  Installing tzinfo (0.3.29)
  Installing mongoid (2.1.7)
  Installing tilt (1.3.2)
  Installing sinatra (1.2.6)
  Using thor (0.14.6)
  Installing padrino-core (0.10.1)
  Installing padrino-helpers (0.10.1)
  Installing padrino-admin (0.10.1)
  Installing padrino-cache (0.10.1)
  Installing padrino-gen (0.10.1)
  Installing padrino-mailer (0.10.1)
  Installing padrino (0.10.1)
  Installing rack-flash (0.1.2)
  Installing rack-test (0.6.1)
  Installing rr (1.0.3)
  Installing riot (0.12.4)
  Installing temple (0.3.2)
  Installing slim (1.0.1)

So all of my gems installed just fine, from the auto-generated gemfile. Almost every tutorial and article talks about the Padrino admin interface that ships with Padrino, so I had to try that out first:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ padrino g admin
         force  .components
        create  admin
         exist  admin
        create  admin/controllers/base.rb
        create  admin/controllers/sessions.rb
        create  public/admin
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/base.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/amro/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/bec-green/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/bec/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/blue/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/default/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/djime-cerulean/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/kathleene/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/olive/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/orange/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/reidb-greenish/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/ruby/style.css
        create  public/admin/stylesheets/themes/warehouse/style.css
        create  admin/app.rb
        append  config/apps.rb
         apply  orms/mongoid
         apply  tests/riot
        create  models/account.rb
        create  test/models/account_test.rb
        create  admin/views/accounts
        create  admin/controllers/accounts.rb
        create  admin/views/accounts/_form.slim
        create  admin/views/accounts/edit.slim
        create  admin/views/accounts/index.slim
        create  admin/views/accounts/new.slim
        insert  admin/app.rb
         force  models/account.rb
        create  db/seeds.rb
         exist  admin/controllers
         exist  admin/views
        create  admin/views/base
        create  admin/views/layouts
        create  admin/views/sessions
        create  admin/views/base/_sidebar.slim
        create  admin/views/base/index.slim
        create  admin/views/layouts/application.slim
        create  admin/views/sessions/new.slim
        insert  admin/app.rb
        insert  Gemfile
          gsub  admin/views/accounts/_form.slim
          gsub  admin/controllers/accounts.rb

  The admin panel has been mounted! Next, follow these steps:
    1) Run 'padrino rake seed'
    2) Visit the admin panel in the browser at '/admin'

I proceded to follow the instructions and ran into my second problem with Padrino:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ padrino rake seed
  Could not find gem 'bcrypt-ruby (>= 0)' in any of the gem sources listed in your Gemfile.
  Run `bundle install` to install missing gems.

First thing I do is check for bcrypt-ruby:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ gems | grep bcrypt
  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname

With zero results returned, as you can see. I’ve dealt with these kinds of problems before in Rails, though so I thought to follow the error messages instructions first. Suddenly, everything is working:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ bundle install | grep bcrypt
  Installing bcrypt-ruby (2.1.4) with native extensions
  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ gems | grep bcrypt
  bcrypt-ruby (2.1.4)

So it’s time to get back to the original task, of seeding the database:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ padrino rake seed
  => Executing Rake seed ...
  Which email do you want use for logging into admin? kurtisrainboltgreene@gmail.com
  Tell me the password to use: ***

  Sorry but some thing went wrong!

     - Password is too short (minimum is 4 characters)

What an interesting twist, having a command line client to handle the admin account. Though I’m not really liking the 4 minimum, I can understand it. Lets try this again:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ padrino rake seed
  => Executing Rake seed ...
  Which email do you want use for logging into admin? kurtisrainboltgreene@gmail.com
  Tell me the password to use: hqw7KsJ3cgfu9KsV8rP66xrcN

  Account has been successfully created, now you can login with:
     email: kurtisrainboltgreene@gmail.com
     password: hqw7KsJ3cgfu9KsV8rP66xrcN

Much better! The second listed task is to visit the /admin path on the app. Of course that means I need to start Padrino, which means setting up Pow (hopefully)! To do this I use my ever faithful powder gem, with the command:

  krainboltgreene on MacMini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ powder
  Your application is now available at http://cloudname.dev/
  krainboltgreene on Kurtis-Rainbolt-Greenes-Mac-mini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
  $ powder open
  # This is where the browser opens up to http://cloudname.dev/

Since I don’t have a “proper” Padrino application it amusingly shows me the default Sinatra error page:

The example in the middle of the page doesn’t really make sense from Padrino’s standpoint, as far as I know. While being built on Sinatra, you can’t just declare a route anywhere. I was on a mission, though, and I wanted to check out this admin interface. After intering the /admin path I was served this login page:

The first thing that hit me was that “Bypass Login?” checkbox. I mean I know it’s an admin interface, but was “Remember me?” too standard? In anycase logging in was a breeze, but the admin interface wasn’t:

Lots of Ipsum Lorem, as you can see in that image. Nothing really stands out as important except random highlights. Nothing really seems like a set of controls, either. I could be looking at any old wordpress template.

Going to the /admin/accounts/edit/:id path showed me my admin account, with a few fields. Classic splitting of First Name and Last Name, where there doesn’t need to be:

Having figured out that Padrino works fine so far I decided to finally initiate a git instance. I could probably skip this part, but some of you probably haven’t used Git Flow and if I can introduce you to it, all the better. So lets get this party started:

krainboltgreene on Kurtis-Rainbolt-Greenes-Mac-mini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname
$ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/krainboltgreene/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname/.git/
krainboltgreene on Kurtis-Rainbolt-Greenes-Mac-mini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname(cloudname|~|master*)
$ git add .
krainboltgreene on Kurtis-Rainbolt-Greenes-Mac-mini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname(cloudname|~|master*)
$ git commit -asm "Initial commit."
[master (root-commit) e51de90] Initial commit.
 48 files changed, 5278 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 .components
 create mode 100644 .gitignore
 create mode 100644 .rvmrc
 create mode 100644 Gemfile
 create mode 100644 Gemfile.lock
 create mode 100644 README
 create mode 100644 admin/app.rb
 create mode 100644 admin/controllers/accounts.rb
 create mode 100644 admin/controllers/base.rb
 create mode 100644 admin/controllers/sessions.rb
 create mode 100644 admin/views/accounts/_form.slim
 create mode 100644 admin/views/accounts/edit.slim
 create mode 100644 admin/views/accounts/index.slim
 create mode 100644 admin/views/accounts/new.slim
 create mode 100644 admin/views/base/_sidebar.slim
 create mode 100644 admin/views/base/index.slim
 create mode 100644 admin/views/layouts/application.slim
 create mode 100644 admin/views/sessions/new.slim
 create mode 100644 app/app.rb
 create mode 100644 app/stylesheets/application.scss
 create mode 100644 app/stylesheets/partials/_base.scss
 create mode 100644 config.ru
 create mode 100644 config/apps.rb
 create mode 100644 config/boot.rb
 create mode 100644 config/database.rb
 create mode 100644 db/seeds.rb
 create mode 100644 lib/compass_plugin.rb
 create mode 100644 models/account.rb
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/base.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/amro/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/bec-green/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/bec/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/blue/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/default/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/djime-cerulean/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/kathleene/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/olive/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/orange/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/reidb-greenish/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/ruby/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/admin/stylesheets/themes/warehouse/style.css
 create mode 100644 public/favicon.ico
 create mode 100644 public/javascripts/application.js
 create mode 100644 public/javascripts/jquery-ujs.js
 create mode 100644 public/javascripts/jquery.js
 create mode 100644 public/stylesheets/application.css
 create mode 100644 test/models/account_test.rb
 create mode 100644 test/test.rake
 create mode 100644 test/test_config.rb
krainboltgreene on Kurtis-Rainbolt-Greenes-Mac-mini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname(cloudname|0m|master)
$ git flow init

Which branch should be used for bringing forth production releases?
   - master
Branch name for production releases: [master]
Branch name for "next release" development: [develop]

How to name your supporting branch prefixes?
Feature branches? [feature/]
Release branches? [release/]
Hotfix branches? [hotfix/]
Support branches? [support/]
Version tag prefix? [] ver
krainboltgreene on Kurtis-Rainbolt-Greenes-Mac-mini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname(cloudname|0m|develop)
$ git flow feature start accounts-scaffolding
Switched to a new branch 'feature/accounts-scaffolding'

Summary of actions:
- A new branch 'feature/accounts-scaffolding' was created, based on 'develop'
- You are now on branch 'feature/accounts-scaffolding'

Now, start committing on your feature. When done, use:

     git flow feature finish accounts-scaffolding

krainboltgreene on Kurtis-Rainbolt-Greenes-Mac-mini.local in ~/repo/ruby/padrino/cloudname(cloudname|0m|feature/accounts-scaffolding)

So lets talk about this application before we go further. BrowserID is a new technology that implements Verified Email Protocol. You can read more at the website here. CloudName is going to be a Ruby version of that server, so we’ll need at the very least accounts for users to sign in with. Accounts happens to need all three of the core PAC parts: Presentation (Commonly called a View), Abstraction (Sometimes called a Model), and Controller (You probably know this one). This’ll let us explore Padrino completely, from start to finish.

Since this application is heavily focused on “Authentication” the top level application will be where the account resource resides. Padrino has already created two applications so far: app/ and admin/. So we’ll need to dig into app/ and create the Account resource.

Posted on August 11 2011


Anonymous asked: Why do the links in your left-hand sidebar go to facebook.com, twitter.com and flickr.com and not your profile on each site?

Because this style sucks and Tumblr doesn’t like to take my social data, apparently.

Posted on August 11 2011

Of Grand Importance, A Tale (Part 2)

The bard plucked at his lute with a zen like focus, “We continue the tale from where we left off. Can any of you tell me what happened last?” Many of the children squealed and raised their tiny hands. “Oh! The Prince died!” “No that hasn’t happened yet, stupid!” “I know! The smelly Zed left Ruby for that other place.” “Python!” Holding up his worn hands the bard signaled for the children to calm down, “Correct! We last left the Prince Zed escaping from Ruby.”

"You see children, Ruby spans many a region in this grand world. Our largest cities reside in Debian and the Mountains Of Ubuntu. We’ve even some settlements on Windows Isle, but the great Stone Golems of Dot’net keep us at bay. Our fiercest warriors, the Iron Ruby Brigade, protect the settlers." The bard pops a small cherry into his mouth, continuing with a trivia question "And where does the Royal Family reside?" Some of the children thought hard, others knew not at all, but one girl spoke up "The Apple Peninsula."

The aged bard awarded the young girl with a small green bobble, “It’s a Gem my dear, all smart Rubyists have Gems for protection against the old Gods: Repetition, The Great Destroyer, and Frustration, The Mind Flayer.” The little girl looked absolutely in love, “It’s a Heroku Gem! I shall keep it safe forever, bard!” He smiled and strummed a tune on his lute.

"But what’s this? The Last Prince Of Ruby, The Lucky Prince Why, he who has written sacred and fine scrolls, has fallen ill! The palace suspects poison!" The bard stands, in a grandiose fashion, "Who of you has poisoned the Prince!" His bony finger shoots at a random child, "Was it you?!" The child’s face goes ghost white as he stands accused by the bard. The bard’s finger lingers not a second longer and falls upon the nose of another child, "Or you?!"

The child squeaks, much to the parent’s delight, and shakes his head! “Hmmm…I believe you, for it was discovered that the Prince was poisoning himself. He saw the lamentation of the people outside the Ruby lands. Those that were barbarians in the eyes of King David.” The bard looked out of the inn window, “He wished to bring them in from the cold into civilization, to partake in the wonders that he enjoyed.”

Some of the fathers grumbled, and the mothers tittered, at how close the bard came to heresy against the throne. Would he speak as he almost did last night? There was a fine tingle in the air. The bard seemed to not notice this as he continued his story, “Some of the people in Ruby felt his pain and felt his desire, they shared his ideals if not his will or conviction.”

A somber look overcame the bard, “King David would have none of it. Prince Zed’s words had been hard enough and he was not one to face criticism again. Many already spoke out against the lavish lifestyle he had, where beggars lined every street.”

Posted on January 10 2011

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