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Extended Rails Scaffolding with ActiveScaffold

Scaffolding is an easy way to generate interfaces to edit your Rails data model. It can be really helpful when you need to edit backend exposed models. One month after RC1 release, ActiveScaffold (the successor of AjaxScaffold) made it to RC2. Here is the description, according to the authors:
ActiveScaffold provides you with a wealth of dynamically created goodness:
  • An AJAXified table interface for creating, updating, and deleting objects
  • Automatic handling of ActiveRecord associations
  • Sorting, Search and Pagination
  • Graceful JavaScript degradation
  • RESTful API support (XML/YAML/JSON) baked in
  • Sexy CSS styling and theming support
  • More extension points than you can shake a stick at
  • Guaranteed to work on Firefox 1+, IE 6+ and Safari 2+
  • Released under the MIT License, the same one as Rails itself, so you can use it freely in your commercial applications.
ActiveScaffold installation is straight-forward and comes with a comprehensive tutorial, documentation and demo. In 5 minutes you'll have a neat Ajax interface to browse and edit your model. ActiveScaffold makes it possible to customize and configure your scaffolding. Restful scaffolding will be easily integrated to your routes.

ActiveScaffold is an alternative to the older admin framework Streamlined, which appears to be in or near a state of abandonment after never really gaining much traction.

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