Rails

Opal in a Rails application

Add Opal to your Gemfile:

gem 'opal-rails'

Or to start off with Opal when you build your new Rails app:

rails new <app-name> --javascript=opal

Basic usage through the asset pipeline

// app/assets/application.js.rb

//= require opal
//= require opal_ujs
//= require turbolinks
//= require_tree .

Opal requires are forwarded to the Asset Pipeline at compile time (similarly to what happens for RubyMotion). You can use either the .rb or .opal extension:

# app/assets/javascripts/greeter.js.rb

puts "G'day world!" # check the console!

# Dom manipulation
require 'opal-jquery'

Document.ready? do
  Element.find('body > header').html = '<h1>Hi there!</h1>'
end

As a template

You can use it for your views too, it even inherits instance and local variables from actions:

# app/controllers/posts_controller.rb

def create
  @post = Post.create!(params[:post])
  render type: :js, locals: {comments_html: render_to_string(@post.comments)}
end

Each assign is filtered through JSON so it's reduced to basic types:

# app/views/posts/create.js.opal

post = Element.find('.post')
post.find('.title').html    = @post[:title]
post.find('.body').html     = @post[:body]
post.find('.comments').html = comments_html

As a Haml filter (optional)

Of course you need to require haml-rails separately since its presence is not assumed

-# app/views/posts/show.html.haml

%article.post
  %h1.title= post.title
  .body= post.body

%a#show-comments Display Comments!

.comments(style="display:none;")
  - post.comments.each do |comment|
    .comment= comment.body

:opal
  Document.ready? do
    Element.find('#show-comments').on :click do |click|
      click.prevent_default
      click.current_target.hide
      Element.find('.comments').effect(:fade_in)
    end
  end

Spec!

Add specs into app/assets/javascripts/spec:

and then a spec folder with you specs!

# app/assets/javascripts/spec/example_spec.js.rb

describe 'a spec' do
  it 'has successful examples' do
    'I run'.should =~ /run/
  end
end

Then visit /opal_spec from your app and reload at will.

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