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Extending Rails

Previously, I extended rails by monkey patching stuff in lib/. This was good because it kept vendor/rails clean.

I have changed my mind!

I now just patch vendor/rails directly with a comment prefixed by RBEXT explaining why. This means that when I piston update rails, I get notified of any conflicts immediately, rather than having to remember what was in lib. It’s also much easier and quicker than monkey patching. Theoretically, I could also run the rails tests to make sure everything is still kosher, but I must confess I haven’t gotten around to patching the tests as well…

And the comments are ace because I can use this sweet rake task to see what rb-rails currently looks like:

desc "Show all RB extensions in vendor/"
task :core_extensions do
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