BenU BenU - 4 months ago 15x
jQuery Question

Using jQuery plugins in Rails 3

Having finished Hartl's great Rails Tutorial I'm now working my way through the very good jQuery - Novice to Ninja by Castledine and Sharkie. While I've able to include jquery.js and jquery-ui.js in my rails projects, I'm getting stuck when it comes to adding other jQuery plugins.

I've figured out that when the plugins are hosted on github, I can import them into my project using the command line and:

[my rails app]$ rails install [github URL]

The plugin gets successfully imported into the /vendor/plugin/ directory where javascript_include_tag can't find them. This situation prompts 3 questions:

  1. Is there a way to import jQuery plugins into my Rails app that puts them into the public/javascripts/ directory where they belong?

  2. If the answer to 1 is "no," is there a way to have javascript_include_tag search for scripts in vendor/plugins/? This seems like bad practice since jQuery scripts are hidden away from the public/javascript/ directory where people would normally look for them.

  3. If 1 and 2 are both "no's," is there a more elegant way to move the files from vendor/plugins/ than $mv or copying and pasting?

Note: Through web searching I've come across 37signals' sprokets gem at which seems like it might be useful at some point but beyond my current needs and understanding.

Grateful for any thoughts!


Normal practice is to download a minified version of the plugin you'd like to use and save it in the public/javascripts directory.

rails install is for Rails plugins, not jQuery plugins.