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IntelliJ has a feature called modules: “a functional unit which you can compile, run, test and debug independently.”
A module in IntelliJ is a top-level view on a part of a codebase. IntelliJ is for Java, which is why I do not typically use it. I use Rubymine – no similar functionality exists here… but a way around that!
It may have been true at some point that these kind of modules were not something that Rails offered, but they have been around for quite a while: Engines!
Imagine a Rails project with the following folder structure:
rails_app/ app/ ... engines/ custom_engine1/ custom_engine2/ ...
The engines are somewhat hidden away, two levels deep in the folder structure. Also, running specs for engines in these sub-folders won’t work from Rubymine, because the paths it tries to use are wrong.
Whether you are actually working with engines or just want to see multiple root folders in Rubymine at once, here is how to do it.
1) You can get modules to work in Rubymine by opening your Rails project in IntelliJ:
Cmd + ; opens the project structure dialog, select
Modules from the list on the left and create a new module with the
+ button. Or, you can simply add a few files to your project…
2) The .idea folder in the root of your project holds the Rubymine configuration files. Edit
modules.xml and add a
module line for every module you would like to create:
<!-- ROOT/.idea/modules.xml --> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <project version="4"> <component name="ProjectModuleManager"> <modules> <module fileurl="file://$PROJECT_DIR$/custom_engine1/module1.iml" filepath="$PROJECT_DIR$/custom_engine1/custom_engine1.iml" /> <module fileurl="file://$PROJECT_DIR$/custom_engine2/module2.iml" filepath="$PROJECT_DIR$/custom_engine2/custom_engine2.iml" /> </modules> </component> </project>
In the root folder of every module create a
.iml file with the name of that module like so:
<!-- ROOT/engines/custom_engine1/custom_engine1.iml --> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <module type="RUBY_MODULE" version="4"> <component name="NewModuleRootManager"> <content url="file://$MODULE_DIR$" /> <orderEntry type="inheritedJdk" /> <orderEntry type="sourceFolder" forTests="false" /> </component> </module>
Voila: The next time you open the project folder in Rubymine, the custom_engine folders show up as top-level entries in the projects file list!
Here is the gist: https://gist.github.com/1764127
This worked for me with Rubymine 3.2.4 and IntelliJ IDEA 11 CE.
Edit March 14: make sure that all module names are distinct and no module names are substrings of other module names. This confuses RubyMine and can prevent specs from running successfully.