2 years and a half of ruby on rails

It has been 2 years and a half already since I had the pleasure to met David H. Hansson also known as DHH. He convinced me to use ruby on rails and swear by it from now on in the first week of November 2004. He was well prepared but it was easy anyway.... with such a nice technology, I can recognize what is good and I loved it right away. What he thought could be a week of arguments about our favorite technology took him only a few hours and then we could concentrate on our work and he helped us a lot.

I am happy I met him while he was not so famous, or at least I did not know him at all. He was just some guy coming which who we are spending a week training. If I had knew him, the whole week would have been so different. Admiring someone leads to much less productivity than just listening to someone. I remember even, before we take the picture before he leaves I remember thinking not being sure why we needed a picture. Now I am very happy to have this picture.


I was working at Combustion Labs in Vancouver and our great boss met DHH in a Chicago conference and decided to hire him to train us for a week. Thank you Mike.

And Thank you David H.H., because of you I now have a tool to suggest to help people write clean code and I of course have the best web development platform. Big Thanks

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Posted in , | Posted on 10 Jun 2007 22:55by somekool |

Tracking down not found rhtml templates in rubyonrails applications

Maybe you've seen this error before?

No rhtml, rxml, rjs or delegate template found for [view_name] (ActionView::ActionViewError)

I have a slightly special setup for my error mailer in one of my rubyonrails applications, as the mailer is not in app/models and the view not in app/views.

This used to work fine, until I changed god knows what and I realized it was broken for a little while. (by now, I, of course, know what broke it). And it was pretty hard to debug because I am using the system-wide installed rubyonrails on a shared hosting on which I don't have root access.

So at first I wanted to put some more logging in there to help me debug this beast. but for some reason, running the application with my own rails in vendor/rails was breaking everything. Can't edit the files, can't run my own, hmm.... what to do?

So today I took the few minutes it was requiring to find the right little place to put the proper logging. One thing I should add, I am an excessively lazy programmer and I like things to be short and sweet. So I did not want to copy paste a 10-15 lines function into my code. but there it is I found this one. template_exists? is only 3 lines of code, so no big deal to copy paste. there is not much chances it will change so much in the future versions of rubyonrails.

module ActionView
        class Base
                def template_exists?(template_path, extension)
                file_path = full_template_path(template_path, extension)
                @@method_names.has_key?(file_path) || FileTest.exists?(file_path)

Just place this little piece of code at the end of application.rb for example and every templates that are tried will be logged in your development.log or production.log file. It helps very much to track path problems as the regular error message isn't really descriptive.

that's it, enjoy.

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