May 04, 2007

Posted by John

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Another Way To Search The Rails API

I’m never one to use ajax simply because it’s a buzzword. I have roots in web standards, usability and accessibility so I always try to think ‘why should I use ajax here’ not ‘how can I use ajax here.’ Don’t get me wrong, I love me some ajax, I just typically sprinkle rather than pour.

When I saw ‘Rails API with AJAX flavor’ come through my feed reader, I thought here we go again. After visiting the site though my opinion has changed. You can use the tab key to switch between searching methods, classes and files, which is handy. Also, I like that the live search selects the item it thinks you are searching for and allows you to simply hit the enter key to show it in the docs. Simply poking around with it for a few minutes, I came across a few methods I didn’t even know existed.

If you are looking for a good way to find rails documentation really quickly, give rails brain a try. Also, if you are a Firefox user, look into keyboard shortcuts.

1 Comment

  1. Very nice, I’ve tried a bunch of the rails/ruby doc API front ends and none really get it right. Railsbrain looks like its the best of the bunch. Hopefully there will be a soon.

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