Rails API using Fluid SSB

I've been diving big into Ruby on Rails this week with this class I'm taking. One of the things I found right away is you need to have the Rails API documentation very handy. The main site is api.rubyonrails.com, and frankly it's horrible. Luckily there is a great alternative at RailsBrain that uses AJAX and all sorts of spiffy fun to make the API so much more usable. Today though I was getting frustrated because I had a slow internet connection and things were taking forever. Enter the solution, a site-specific browser. My friend Kent came up with this idea, so credit to him for it, but I know he'll never blog about it and I want to share the love. RailsBrain allows you to download the API documentation as a zip file. It is simply a collection of files and can be served without a web server.

Unzip the files to a location of your liking and then launch fluid. Here is the setup window. For extra fun, I took the logo image off of RailsBrain to use as the application icon.

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After doing this hit create and you've got a brand new shiny application that runs local, will work offline, is never going to be slow, and can be launched easily via your launcher of choice.

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Plus, you can now alt-tab to it easily. Wow! Great idea Kent! This is really great, and it is blistering fast!