[rspec-users] Rspec: gem vs. plugin?

Wes Gamble weyus at att.net
Wed Oct 8 14:39:11 EDT 2008

I know that this is all probably rather boring for the expert RSpec-ers 
out there, and I apologize for that.

Both Rspec and Rspec-Rails are currently distributed as both plugins AND 
gems?  Are the plugins just available in case you don't have the 
ability/permission to install gems?

I can understand why there would be an RSpec gem (to use outside of 
Rails, of course), and I can understand why there is a Rails plugin to 
give you additional RSpec functionality for Rails. 

But I'm not sure what the purpose of the RSpec plugin is, and also not 
sure what the purpose of the RSpec-Rails gem is?

Is there a place online that summarizes the various distribution methods 
and when to use which?


Scott Taylor wrote:
> On Oct 8, 2008, at 2:09 PM, Wes Gamble wrote:
>> All,
>> I have some experience with Rspec from about a year ago.  At that 
>> time, there was a gem and a plugin, and a Rspec on Rails plugin.
>> Should I only be using the gem?
> If you're using a rails app, install the two plugins.  If not, use the 
> gem.
> Scott
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