On Feb 2, 2013, at 11:58 AM, jatin.jello@gmail.com wrote:

Hello Rails experts...
I have an interesting problem...I'm sure there are many solutions to this but I can't seem to figure it out -

I have an existing set of HTML5/CSS3/jquery/javascript pages - no logic - just the UI with content, etc. And I also have the schema for mysql project. I want to build the entire framework using Ruby on Rails 3.2 - I decided to go with Ruby on Rails rather than PHP or Node.js/Express. However, I'd rather start something from existing than build from ground up using new rails project. I do not want to waste effort that I've put in building the HTML5 front-end - again has no logic because there's no backend. I wanted to start with front-end to generate lot of ideas and create proper UX. and then build the backend using Ruby on Rails. How would I start with this?
So far, here's what I did.
I created a new rails 3.2 project - then created a folder called "javascripts" under public directory and copied all my javascripts there. But what about all my HTML files? Shall I just drop them in Views folder and rename each one with .erb extension. And copy all CSS files in layouts main directory?
And then how about the database? Or do I need to start fresh on creating schema? Do you recommend MySQL or PostgresSQL? My web application would be similar to ticketmaster website.
Any help would be appreciated...
Here's what I would do. Just as you started your "flat" prototype with nothing and worked toward a UX you liked, start with nothing (none of your designed pages) and let the Rails generators make the stubs they will. Once these are generated, they never change, so you won't have to worry about any of your fancy code being overwritten. Then start copying and pasting fragments from one to the other. Owing to the way that Rails composes pages out of fragments, with responsibility for rendering passing from the nearest most responsible model object up and out to the main page template, you will find that there are portions of your code that need to be in different places. Read up on how the Rails View works -- Rails Guides are great start, as well as (if you haven't built a few Rails apps already) the Rails Tutorial at http://railstutorial.org.

Walter

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