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A simple (< 100 lines of code) but powerful exhibit/presenter implementation. It's framework agnostic: works with Rails, Padrino or just Sinatra.

Since version 0.2.0 Showcase is bundled with a set of optional "traits" you can pick and choose to augment your presenters with additional sugar (available in Rails 3+ only).

Why should I use presenters in my Rails app?

See Avdi's Exhibits introductory post.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'showcase'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install showcase


With Rails, you're already set, move on! With Padrino, include Showcase::Helpers::Present in your app helpers block.

helpers do
  include Showcase::Helpers::Present

You can now instantiate new presenters in your controller/views using the included helpers:

# this is the object that needs to be presented
person =

# automatically infers presenter class to use based on person's class name
present(person) # => returns a PersonPresenter instance

# you can also explicitly tell what presenter to use
present(person, AdminPresenter) # => returns an AdminPresenter instance

# explicit presenter and context
present(person, PersonPresenter, context)

# maps each person in the collection with a presenter
present_collection([person]) # => returns an array of PersonPresenters

Define your presenters i.e. in a app/presenters folder:

class ProjectPresenter < Showcase::Presenter
  # automatically wraps the attribute into a PersonPresenter
  presents :person

  # automatically wraps the attribute into an AdminPresenter
  presents :person, with: AdminPresenter

  # expects project.task to return an enumerable. automatically wraps each task
  # in a TaskPresenter presenter
  presents_collection :tasks

  # you can use `view_context`, or the shortcut `h`, to access the context.
  # `object` refers to the object being presented
  def title
    h.link_to object.title, object



Showcase comes with a generator to create new presenters a little faster:

rails generate showcase:presenter User

Will generate app/presenters/user_presenter.rb. If your Rails app has the file app/presenters/base_presenter.rb, the newly created presenter will inherit from BasePresenter instead of Showcase::Presenter.


Please read the tests for a detailed explanation of each method available.


To be used to present ActiveModel-based records. Inside your presenter, include the trait like this:

class ProjectPresenter < Showcase::Presenter
  include Showcase::Traits::Record
present(@project).dom_id # => "project_12"
present(@project).dom_class # => "project"

Super useful in acceptance testing to check the presence of a record inside a view:

<% present(@project, class: 'big').box do %>
  <p>Hi there!</p>
<% end %>

Produces the following:

<div class="project big" id="project_12">
  <p>Hi there</p>

Additional HTML attributes can be optionally specified within a config block inside the presenter:

class ProjectPresenter < Showcase::Presenter
  include Showcase::Traits::Record

  box do |c|
    c.html_options class: 'another-class', role: 'project'


Adds a nice DSL to declare links within your presenter.

class ProjectPresenter < Showcase::Presenter
  include Showcase::Traits::LinkTo

  link_to do |c|
    c.url           h.project_path(self)
    c.label         name        h.controller_name == 'projects'
    c.active_class  'current'
    c.html_options  role: 'label'

  link_to :tasks do
    c.url     h.project_tasks_path(self)
    c.label   "Tasks"

In your views:

<%= project.url %>
<%= project.tasks_url %>

<%= project.link_active? %>
<%= project.tasks_link_active? %>

<%= %>
<%= project.tasks_link %>

<%='Alternative label') %>
<%= 'additional_class') %>
<%= do %>
  Link content!
<% end %>


Useful to produce social share links:

class ProjectPresenter < Showcase::Presenter
  include Showcase::Traits::Share

  share do |c|
    c.url         h.project_path(self)
    c.text        name
    c.image_url   cover_image

In your views:

<%= project.twitter_share_url %>
<%= project.twitter_share_link %>
<%= project.twitter_share_link('Alternative label') %>
<%= project.twitter_share_link(class: 'additional_class') %>
<%= project.twitter_share_link do %>
  Link content!
<% end %>

<%= project.facebook_share_link %>
<%= project.gplus_share_link %>
<%= project.pinterest_share_link %>
<%= project.linkedin_share_link %>


Useful to produce SEO meta tags (title, description, Facebook OpenGraph, Twitter cards, and canonical URLs):

class ProjectPresenter < Showcase::Presenter
  include Showcase::Traits::Seo

  seo do |c|
    c.title           name
    c.description     [ description, 'Fallback description if blank' ]
    c.image_url       cover_thumb_image
    c.canonical_url   h.project_path(self)

In your views:

<% content_for(:head) do %>
  <%= present(@project).seo_tags(title_suffix: ' - BaseClump') %>
<% end %>


Install gems:

$ bundle
$ rake appraisal:install

Launch tests:

rake appraisal


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request