Best Rails Boilerplate

David Lawrence
• Sunday, 29 November, 2020
• 9 min read

When you have a great idea and start working on it from scratch, you feel a rush of excitement. It’s great to work on an interesting idea, but instead of focusing on what makes your product unique, you first need to put in the hours to work on things that are less exciting: configuring a project, building authentication flows, integrating payments, building forms, etc.

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Here is a list of seven boilerplate that could help you build your SaaS faster. The Serverless SaaS boilerplate is the perfect starting point for your next React app.

You can tap into user authentication, payments with Stripe, teams, and more with zero effort. Going serverless is a great way of cutting costs because the pay-as-you-go pricing model means you can start free and only pay when your startup gets real traction.

With Serverless platforms you are outsourcing a lot of responsibilities which allows you to move quicker. That makes this starter kit great for solo developers and small teams who want to launch something quickly without spending money.

Jumpstart is a great starter kit for your next Ruby on Rails app. You can skip the boilerplate set up and build your Rails app faster.

It handles all the stuff you need like a user authentication system and even background processing. An amazing project to help you build your next great product with PHP.

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It also has the features that every SaaS business needs, like (two-factor) authentication, subscription billing, and invoices. With Gravity, you can build a Node.js and React SaaS app at warp speed.

Saloon is a modern Ruby on Rails SaaS starter kit that also includes all the SaaS features like authentication and payments with Stripe, but also comes with a huge UI components library that is built with Tailwind, the rising CSS framework. If you are using Redux as a state management tool, using this boilerplate will save you a lot of time.

So far in this series, we have looked at the benefits of using a Boilerplate to streamline your workflow, and a two articles on how to set up a React Boilerplate with parcel instead of Webpack, and a traditional means to compile and bundle a traditional HTML/SCSS project using Parcel. Modifying these files allows you to configure the behavior of the associated program, and can be a never ending quest for some to get the “perfect” setup.

For instance, I never use the default Rails database SQLite, I always add the command line switch to use Postgres. I can start a new project: rails new cool_app and silently the PostgreSQL flag is added to the installation process.

I have stored my simple template file locally, and you can name as you like. Set up a better console printing with awesome_print Set up my preferred testing environment Bundle install Set up a static controller for the Home page Copy a few files Create the Postgres databases.

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So, all I have to do, is change to the new project directory and start the Rails server. Matt Friction has put together a more full featured Rails template that is preloaded with the best practices for TDD, security, deployment, and developer productivity.

This template creates a Boilerplate app that includes user accounts, admin interface, and Bootstrap styling. Chris also has a commercial product called Jumpstart Pro that bootstraps a full featured e-commerce application setup.

We, I highly recommend going to the free service Kilobytes and try some templates out. Finally, there is a new feature coming to the rails new command to create a minimal application.

Clone the repo rename example. Env to .env replace all usages of your_app_name, YourAppName and YOUR_APP_NAME with you application name If you're using another flavor of Linux, adapt the command to work with the package manager available with your distribution.

Simply follow the instructions in the error message, if this occurs. Install NVM following instructions on the official repository.

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From the root of the repository, run the yarn command to install all node modules. Feel free to alter these steps if you're familiar with setting up PostgreSQL.

The file contains documentation explaining where you should source its values from. If you've used the yarn command to install JS dependencies, then Reason ML code should already be compiled at this point.

Like Rails on the server side or “backend”, HTML5 Boilerplate provides structure and conventions for setting up HTML5, CSS3 styles, and JavaScript for front-end development. This article lists each component of HTML5 Boilerplate and identifies its usefulness for Rails applications.

The Railways project provides example applications that developers use as starter apps. Hundreds of developers use the apps, report problems as they arise, and propose solutions.

Paul Irish and Divya Marian launched HTML5 Boilerplate as a set of templates “collecting best practices and making an ideal project starting point.” On a first encounter, it seems HTML5 Boilerplate includes “everything but the kitchen sink.” Even finding a succinct list of components can be overwhelming.

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There’s an excellent list of the HTML5 Boilerplate components in Jonathan Verrecchia’s Initialize Advanced Customization. This article provides commentary plus links to the relevant HTML5 Boilerplate documentation for each component.

The HTML5 Boilerplate index.html file shows how to structure a simple web page using HTML5 markup. Initialize provides a more complex index.html file that shows how to use the HTML5