JavaScript Fu extends Rails with a few facilities to better integrate JavaScript into Rails development:

  1. The notes and statistics rake tasks compass JavaScript files in the public/javascript directory:
    $ rake notes
      * [782] [TODO] improve sanity check

    $ rake stats
    | Name                 | Lines |   LOC | Classes | Methods | M/C | LOC/M |
    | JavaScript           |  7287 |  6322 |       0 |       0 |   0 |     0 |
  1. The call_js RSpec matcher asserts that a string or response contains a script tag, that contains JavaScript that calls the named function or method:
    response.should call_js('fn')
    response.should call_js('fn(true)')
    response.should call_js('gApp.setup')

If you pass a block to call_js, it’s called back with the argument list, parsed as though it were a JSON array:

# matches <script>fn(1, 'aString', {x:10,y:20})< /script>
response.should call_js('fn') do |args|
  args[^0].should == 1
  args[^1].should == 'aString'
  args[^2].should == {:x => 10, :y => 20}

Use this with jcon to test for type conformance, using ECMAScript 4.0 type definitions. (Well, you can't use it with `jcon` yet, because I haven't released it -- this is just a teaser. But you can [peek](

response.should call_js('fn') do |args|
  args[^0].should conform_to_js('[Array, (int, boolean)]')
  args[^1].should conform_to_js('{x: double, y: double}')
  # or just:
  args.should conform_to_js('[[Array, (int, boolean)], {x: double, y: double}]')
  1. The page.onload page generator method generates code that executes the content of the block upon the completion of page load:
      page.onload do alert', 'page loaded!'

These lines generate one of these (depending on whether the jRails plugin has been loaded):

Event.observe("window", "load", function() { alert("page loaded!"); });

$(document).ready(function() { alert("page loaded!"); });

Gitting It

JavaScript Fu is hosted on github. If you have git installed, you can clone it into your Rails directory thus:

git clone git:// vendor/plugins/javascript_fu

If you’re running off Edge Rails (or, presumably, Rails > 2.0.2), you should be able to do this instead:

script/plugin install git://

Otherwise, you can simply download the tarball from here.

Update: changed the conform_to_js example so that it actually works with the (albeit unreleased) plugin..