When running Rails 3.1RC5 with environments/production.rb containing:
config.assets.js_compressor = :uglifier
config.assets.css_compressor = :scss
config.assets.compress = true
probably you will see this type of exception:
undefined method `compress' for :scss:Symbol
But why? Lets go deeper ;) JS and CSS compression is quite simple. We have uncompressed stuff – we throw it into compressor and we have compressed version on output. Rails compression engine executes method called compress with one string parameter containing uncompressed stuff. We should also return string – containing input string compressed version.
Since we point out symbol as our default compressor – Rails will try to execute compress on this symbol. How can we fix this? There are two ways. First one is easy – screw compression:
config.assets.compress = false
Second one is slightly more difficult (but still easy). We just need to attach our own compressors.
Lets use Uglifier to compress our JS. We need to add it into gemfile
and we need to tell Rails – that it should use it to compress JS(in environments/production.rb):
# Put this on top of production.rb file
# Somewhere in the "middle"
config.assets.js_compressor = Uglifier.new
I compress CSS using my own compressor. It is a hybrid compressor including SASS and my own CSS Image Embeddera. I’ve managed to have SASS one line compression and embedded css backgrounds. How to use it?
Add into gemfile:
and then attach my compressor in environments/production.rb:
img_root = File.join(Rails.root, 'public')
config.assets.css_compressor = CssImageEmbedder::Compressor.new(img_root)
CSS and JS compression worked really well already in Rails 3.0. However now we can easily get into whole process and do cool stuff (like css image embedding ;) ).
[Update] One more thing: from now I will be posting only in english.