We blogged how using Passenger made development easier, but being the Mac User Interface Junkies we are, we’d like to take it one step further.
This was a great opportunity to play with preference panes in RubyCocoa. Thanks to Jason Foreman, and his repository of templates, I didn’t have to spend a lot of time finding out how to initialize a prefPane bundle.
It turns out that creating basic features with a mediocre interface (the default stuff you get from Interface Builder) can be done fairly quickly. However, making it look and feel like a preference pane from the “OEM fruit company” is a different story. Who would have thought?! ;)
Anyways, back to the introduction; after roughly 2 weeks we give you an OS X System Preferences pane that will configure Apache and set up a local hostname for running any Rails application using Phusion Passenger. Getting your Rails app up and running is now a matter of seconds.
Most users probably want to download the “stable” 1.0 release.
If you understand why stable has been quoted, you can track development and contribute on: github.com/Fingertips/passengerpane