Rake is Ruby’s equivalent of the UNIX make build tool. You can list all of the Rake tasks available from within Rails using:
—Note the uppercase “T”.
Tuesday, 15 August 2006 • In Rails
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rake has always been a bit of mystery to me, until recently. it's amazing how much you use it once you know the full list of commands. I stumbled upon the full list in the RadRails IDE. You right-click on the Rails project and select, "Rake", and it gives you the full list.John, if you used Eclipse for your former Java development, you might like RadRails. I totally love it (except for the fact that it's not a 1.0 application yet).
Michael,Unfortunately I'm not allowed to use Eclipse for the Java development I still do at work! :-( Anyway, I use TextMate for my Rails work - I figured that if it's good enough for the Rails core team then it's good enough for me...
Having RadRails actually made the transition more comfortable for me. If nothing more than a providing a familiar look & feel for my programming.
I'll take a look at the RadRails screencast when I have time. I have to stick with TextMate though because I've paid for it! And I love it...
Michael,Does RadRails give you IntelliSense (auto-completion) for Ruby code?
Hi John, no it doesn't. I believe their blog said it will in the future.
Remember you can run 'rake' in any folder that has a Rakefile in it. Thusforthly, 'rake -T' or 'rake --tasks' will work there too.Double bonus remember: rake files are just Ruby files with a .rake extension. Put any Ruby in there you like (e.g. load more rake files from around the place). This is how the Rakefile in Rails application root folders works: it pulls in lots of rake files from rails installation, lib/tasks, and plugins etc. Fun stuff.
Excellent points, Dr Nic - thanks!
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