Some collected recipes to make irb and script/console a bit nicer to use:
- pretty printing (
- enhanced tab completion
- rails logging to console
- saves command history between sessions
- use readline extensions module
Tips were collected from posts by “Dr. Nic”:http://drnicwilliams.com/2006/10/12/my-irbrc-for-consoleirb/, “Toolman Tim”:http://toolmantim.com/article/2007/2/6/system_wide_script_console_logging and “Dzone Snippets”:http://snippets.dzone.com/posts/show/4371.
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Update: my friend “Joannou”:http://joannou.tumblr.com/ pointed out Utility Belt which looks pretty nice also.
Update 2 (a month later): Been using Utility Belt for a while and noticed some problems… it has a tendency to conflict with ActiveRecord validations and trigger bogus errors during callbacks. Also seems to destroy some of the init process with certain plugins like ActiveScaffold. Perhaps it’s too clever. I ended up rolling back to my old .irbc - YMMV.