Spree 0.70.0 Released

Spree 0.70.0 is now officially released. The most important change with this release is that is is fully compatible with the brand new Rails 3.1.1 release. Please read the release notes for more information on what has changed and how to upgrade from previous versions.

Prior to today’s new release of Rails, there were significant problems with the asset pipeline and other features. These problems were severe enough to cause us to hold off on the new Spree release until they were addressed. Spree 0.70.0 represents another massive release (due mostly to the massive amount of change in Rails itself.) The Github compare shows this release to consist of a total of 356 commits by 36 different contributors and a whopping 1,093 files changed!

Deface Themes

There have been signficant improvements to themes which now rely on Brian Quinn’s awesome deface library. Themes are also now available as engines which means they can be more easily shared with others. This is just the start of what he have planned for themes in Spree. You can expect more improvements in the near future.

New Extension Generator

This release contains a brand new extension generator. Once you’ve installed the new Spree gem you can use this generator to create extensions using the following command:

  $ spree extension foofah

One of the most important advances in this new generator is that you can now easily run specs for extensions in their own standalone repository. You just need to create a test application (one time only) as a context before running your specs.

  $ rake test_app
  $ bundle exec rspec spec

Asset Pipeline

One of the most important features of Rails 3.1.x is the asset pipeline. There have been many changes to Spree to support the asset pipeline (which are covered more thoroughly in the release notes.)

Unfortunately some of the Rails 3.1.x changes have introduced significant performance issues when running Spree in development mode. The good news is you can improve performance significantly by using a special precompile task.

  $ bundle exec rake assets:precompile RAILS_ENV=development

Using the precompile rake task in development will prevent any changes to asset files from being automatically included in when you reload the page. You must re-run the precompile task for changes to become available.

Rail’s also provides the following rake task that will delete the entire public/assets directory, this can be helpful to clear out development assets before committing.

 $ rake assets:clean

It might also be worthwhile to include the public/assets directory in your .gitignore file.

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