SSH Tunneling for Ruby on Rails app

It is quite annoying to develop and test an app which is likely to receive data/notification from a third party site if your development computer isn’t globally reachable. You have to deploy to a server and test it and do this each time until it completely works. Examples of such cases include:

  • Facebook app development
  • PayPal or any other payment gateway integration

While there are probably several options, SSH Tunneling is the simplest, at least to me. It needs less than 2 minutes to configure. Let’s do it.

I’m assuming:

  • You’ve a dedicated server/VPS with root access or somehow access to sshd_config file (we’re going to call this remote server)
  • Your domain is and which points to the above server with IP
  • You wanted the remote server to listen to 80 port
  • You’re running your rails server at port 3000 in your development computer (we gonna call this local server)

(You may have to change the values marked in italic font as your own settings)
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Replace Rails confirm dialog with Bootboxjs

Today, I wanted to use Bootboxjs wonderful alert, confirm box in a project. Though it’s pretty easy to use separately, I, later, wanted to replace Rails default confirm dialog box with the same of bootboxjs. Rails default confirmation box is shown by its built in unobtrusive UJS library. At first, lets see how that works.

link_to 'Destroy', @post, :confirm => 'Are you sure?',:method => :delete, :class => 'btn btn-mini btn-danger'

This will generate markups that looks like:

<a class="btn btn-mini btn-danger" href="/posts/999" rel="nofollow" data-confirm="Are you sure?" data-method="delete">Destroy</a>

Now, when you click the Destroy link, it will first ask you with message “Are you sure?”. If you press “Ok” only then it will proceed. So, you get this confirmation box free :).

However, we are seeing this same confirm dialog for years after years and it’s too boring. I wanted to replace this using bootboxjs sexy dialog boxes that is based on Twitter Bootstrap. I’m already using twitter bootstrap for my project so I’m actually not adding that much overhead. You can include it easily using Twitter Bootstrap Rails gem.

When I wanted to override Rails confirm box, I found the a Gist that worked nicely out of the box.

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Showing drop down list box for a field in RailsAdmin

RailsAdmin is really good if you want to create a out-of-the-box admin panel for your rails based application. It will generate a nice admin panel based on your models. Though, to me, it is not as intuitive as that of Django, it is very useful.

RailsAdmin can create several types of form fields like Text Fields, Text Area, Date Picker, Checkbox etc. based on your column’s type. However, sometime we may need to override it’s default behavior. For example, we may need to show a drop down list box for a field instead of text field.

Let’s assume we want to show a drop down list for status column of User model. So, open your user.rb from models directory and add the following method to the class definition.

def status_enum

Now you will see a list box for Status field when you go to Users section of Rails Admin. However,  if we can store different values in the database other than the strings shown in the list. Let’s modify our code to something like:
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