Over the holidays I had my first experience contributing to Rails by adding test coverage and a bit of a refactor to Jeremy Mcanally’s awesome Rails templating feature.
It’s finally going to be released as Part of Rails 2.3 (exciting!).
Ryan Bates released a great Railscast with a detailed overview of templates. Ryan does a great job as usual getting to the meat of the feature.
If you’re interested, I have my own Rails template as part of my ‘halpers’. It installs jQuery and a couple of plugins and gems – including a forked version of restful-authentication that has a shoulda test suite and email of login based authentication. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do.