Using Rcov to measure the test coverage of Rails plugins

To view the coverage of your plugins using Rcov, first install the rcov gem with sudo gem install rcov, then copy and paste the following onto the end of the Rakefile inside your plugin directory:

require 'rcov/rcovtask'

desc 'Measures test coverage using rcov'
namespace :rcov do
  desc 'Output unit test coverage of plugin.' do |rcov|
    rcov.pattern    = 'test/unit/**/*_test.rb'
    rcov.output_dir = 'rcov'
    rcov.verbose    = true
  desc 'Output functional test coverage of plugin.' do |rcov|
    rcov.pattern    = 'test/functional/**/*_test.rb'
    rcov.output_dir = 'rcov'
    rcov.verbose    = true

You can now simply run rake rcov from inside your plugin directory which will generate an rcov directory with the results. Open rcov/index.html (if you are on OSX this will open automatically) in a browser to view the results.

Thanks to “Mike Clark”: for his “Rcov rake task for Rails”: which this task is based on.

*Update (11-11-08):* Changed code to use the RcovTask class.

Autotest Growl Fail/Pass Smilies

John Nunemaker posted a handy tip on “setting up autotest to work with Growl”:

I use this all the time now however I didn’t like the ugly smilies (call me shallow if you like). I used “Wolfgang Bartelme’s”: “Smily Devkit”: to make a couple of PNG’s slightly more pleasing to the eye.

p=. ! Fail image)!
! Pending image)!
! Pass image)!

The zip file can be downloaded here: “”:

*Update* 17-08-07: Added ‘pending’ image for RSpec as requested by Aslak Hellesoy

Rails Edge: Getting your view extensions ready for edge

Following my previous post, below is a modified version of “John Nunemaker’s ‘Renaming RHTML to ERB'”: to take into account the format in the extension, and handle “the RJS issues I was having”:

namespace 'views' do
  desc 'Renames all .rhtml views to .html.erb, .rjs to .js.rjs, .rxml to .xml.builder and .haml to .html.haml'
  task 'rename' do
    Dir.glob('app/views/**/[^_]*.rhtml').each do |file|
      puts `svn mv #{file} #{file.gsub(/\.rhtml$/, '.html.erb')}`
    Dir.glob('app/views/**/[^_]*.rjs').each do |file|
      puts `svn mv #{file} #{file.gsub(/\.rjs$/, '.js.rjs')}`
    Dir.glob('app/views/**/[^_]*.rxml').each do |file|
      puts `svn mv #{file} #{file.gsub(/\.rxml$/, '.xml.builder')}`

    Dir.glob('app/views/**/[^_]*.haml').each do |file|
      puts `svn mv #{file} #{file.gsub(/\.haml$/, '.html.haml')}`

h4. Update

Added haml conversion.

Disabling plugin code in generators/migrations

I have found on numerous occasions that I need to disable certain plugin functionality if running a generator / rake db:migrate etc.

An easy way to disable certain functionality follows:

def method_that_shouldnt_be_run_in_migrations_or_generators
  # Return if we are using a generator or migrations
  script = File.basename($0)
  return if (script == 'generate') || (script == 'rake' && ARGV[0] =~ /migrate$/)

Handy Subversion Rake task

Just read a post from “David”: at “Planet Argon”: showing a way to “add un-added files”: in your Subversion working copy.

I have made this into a simple rake task:

namespace :svn do
  desc "Adds all files with an svn status flag of '?'"
  task(:add_new) { `svn status | awk '/\\?/ {print $2}' | xargs svn add` }

Just drop this code in a file called subversion.rake inside the tasks directory. Now you can run rake svn:add_new which will add all new files with an svn status flag of ‘?’ in your working copy.