Last summer, Blue Ridge was just a twinkle in our eye. Last week, Blue Ridge made its public debut at RailsConf. Today, we’re pleased to announce version 1.0.
First, install Blue Ridge into your Rails app:
./script/plugin install git://github.com/relevance/blue-ridge.git ./script/generate blue_ridge
Next, try running an individual spec. When you installed Blue Ridge, it created a spec file named “application_spec.js”. You can run it like so:
Check out the README for more information on the directory layout and a detailed description of the various Blue Ridge components.
Blue Ridge wouldn’t quite fit into the Rails ecosystem if it didn’t come equipped with a few opinions. So by default, it assumes you’re using jQuery. “application_spec.js”, which was generated when you installed the plugin, includes an example of calling jQuery functions inside a test.
And, no, we don’t actually encourage you to write tests for standard libraries like JQuery and Prototype; it just makes for an easy demo.
If you prefer Prototype, no problem: “Have it your way.”
Put jQuery into “no conflict” mode to give the `$` function back to Prototype, require `prototype.js`, and chain any files that are dependent on `prototype.js` in the `onload` callback. Done. Your Prototype-based tests await you.
Running individual specs from the command line is an essential feature, but if you use TextMate like we do, you’d rather not have to leave your editor in order to run a spec. If this describes your development style, take the Blue Ridge TextMate Bundle for a spin.
cd ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles/ git clone git://github.com/karnowski/blue-ridge-tmbundle.git Blue\ Ridge.tmbundle
Once you reload your bundles (or restart TextMate), just hit Command-R to run the currently-open spec directly from TextMate.
And be sure to check out the snippets as well. Type `it`, `des`, `bef`, or `aft`, and then press the tab key to expand into full `it` blocks, `describe` blocks, etc.
Want more examples? To see Blue Ridge in action inside a working Rails app, check out the Blue Ridge sample application. Among other things, the sample app includes examples of:
Blue Ridge is guaranteed to be bug free and fulfill your every need, or your money back! Of course, in lieu of a full refund, you’re welcome to hop over to the project’s GitHub issue tracker to let us know about any issues or ideas for possible improvements. Even better, fork the repo and start hacking! If you have patches, send us pull requests.