Bundler and Gems

Bundler is a fundamental tool for Ruby development that allows you to manage gem dependencies of your projects efficiently and securely.

##Bundler installation:

  • To get started, install Bundler with the command:
gem install bundler
  • This will give you the bundle command that we will use to manage the gems.

Gemfile creation: Link to heading

  • Run bundle init to create a file called Gemfile in your project.
bundle init
  • This Gemfile file defines the gem dependencies your project needs.

Specify dependencies in Gemfile: Link to heading

  • To add a gem to the project, write its name in the Gemfile.
  • It is recommended to indicate the desired version of the gem to avoid incompatibilities.

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gem "faker", "~> 2.22" # Faker versión 2.22 o superior

Gem installation: Link to heading

  • Use the bundle install command to install the gems specified in the Gemfile.
bundle install
  • This command checks the dependencies and installs them in the vendor/bundle folder of the project.

Bundler and the Gemfile.lock file: Link to heading

  • When installing gems, Bundler creates a Gemfile.lock file.

  • This file records the exact versions of the installed gems, ensuring the reproducibility of the project.

Gem Update: Link to heading

  • To update gems to their latest versions, run bundle update.
  • You can specify a particular gem to update only that one.
bundle update faker

Uninstalling Gems: Link to heading

  • To remove a gem from the project, remove its entry from the Gemfile.
  • Then run bundle install to update the dependencies.

There are two main platforms to find gems:

Rubygems The Ruby Toolbox

In short, Bundler makes it easy to manage dependencies in Ruby, allows you to work with specific versions of gems, and ensures the reproducibility of your projects. It is an essential tool for any Ruby developer.

Additional Tips: Link to heading

  • Use gem groups in the Gemfile file to organize dependencies by functionality.
  • Define different Gemfiles for different environments (development, production).
  • Research best practices for dependency management in Ruby.
group :development do
    gem "pry"
    gem "byebug"

group :production do
    gem "pg"
    gem "puma"

Take advantage of Bundler to create robust and reliable Ruby projects!

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