This week I finally managed to get my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a final mark of 101/110. Here you’ll find my thesis about the project I implemented during my final internship: Gallows.
Gallows is a scaffold generator that uses ExtJS 3.0 to achieve CRUD actions on a editable grid, as well as on some associated controller views. The Gallows generator produces a grid view of records starting from a pre-existing model. The capability of modifying, creating and deleting items is achieved via AJAX, by setting up ExtJS 3.0 to use a JSON renderer.
It is necessary to run the generator two times: the first round it creates a stub of configuration file, which you can alter to achieve the wanted result in views. The second time, it generates a controller and the right JSON-based views.
The advantage of this approach is to allow you to get automatically some join capabilities across different tables/models, and to associate the right widget to the right field when more than one may apply. (Hopefully) sensible defaults will be auto-generated. The controller name (which can be namespaced) must match the model name.
Feel free to download and share my thesis: Gallows: a scaffold generator for Ruby on Rails employing ExtJS 3.0.