matestack-ui-core
Boost your productivity & easily create component based web UIs in pure Ruby.
matestack-ui-core enables you to craft maintainable, component based web UIs in pure Ruby, skipping ERB and HTML. UI code becomes a native and fun part of your Rails app. It can progressively replace the classic Rails-View-Layer. You are able to use it alongside your Rails views.

Compatibility

matestack-ui-core is tested against:
  • Rails 7.0.1 + Ruby 3.0.0
  • Rails 6.1.1 + Ruby 3.0.0
  • Rails 6.1.1 + Ruby 2.7.2
  • Rails 6.0.3.4 + Ruby 2.6.6
  • Rails 5.2.4.4 + Ruby 2.6.6
Rails versions below 5.2 are not supported.

Documentation/Installation

Detailed documentation can be found here

Feature walk-through

1. Create UI components in pure Ruby

Craft your UI based on your components written in pure Ruby. Utilizing Ruby's amazing language features, you're able to create a cleaner and more maintainable UI implementation.
Implement UI components in pure Ruby
Create Ruby classes within your Rails project and call Matestack's core components through a Ruby DSL in order to craft your UIs. The Ruby method "div" for example calls one of the static core components, responsible for rendering HTML tags. A component can take Strings, Integers Symbols, Arrays or Hashes (...) as optional properties (e.g. "title") or require them (e.g. "body").
app/matestack/components/card.rb
class Components::Card < Matestack::Ui::Component
required :body
optional :title
optional :image
def response
div class: "card shadow-sm border-0 bg-light" do
img path: context.image, class: "w-100" if context.image.present?
div class: "card-body" do
h5 context.title if context.title.present?
paragraph context.body, class: "card-text"
end
end
end
end
Use your Ruby UI components on your existing Rails views
Components can be then called on Rails views (not only! see below), enabling you to create a reusable card components, abstracting UI complexity in your own components.
app/views/your_view.html.erb
<!-- some other erb markup -->
<%= Components::Card.call(title: "hello", body: "world") %>
<!-- some other erb markup -->
Use Ruby methods as partials
Split your UI implementation into multiple small chunks helping others (and yourself) to better understand your implementation. Using this approach helps you to create a clean, readable and maintainable codebase.
app/matestack/components/card.rb
class Components::Card < Matestack::Ui::Component
required :body
optional :title
optional :image
optional :footer
def response
div class: "card shadow-sm border-0 bg-light" do
img path: context.image, class: "w-100" if context.image.present?
card_content
card_footer if context.footer.present?
end
end
def card_content
div class: "card-body" do
h5 context.title if context.title.present?
paragraph context.body, class: "card-body"
end
end
def card_footer
div class: "card-footer text-muted" do
plain footer
end
end
end
app/views/your_view.html.erb
<!-- some other erb markup -->
<%= Components::Card.call(title: "hello", body: "world", footer: "foo") %>
<!-- some other erb markup -->
Use class inheritance
Because it's just a Ruby class, you can use class inheritance in order to further improve the quality of your UI implementation. Class inheritance can be used to easily create variants of UI components but still reuse parts of the implementation.
app/matestack/components/blue_card.rb
class Components::BlueCard < Components::Card
def response
div class: "card shadow-sm border-0 bg-primary text-white" do
img path: context.image, class: "w-100" if context.image.present?
card_content #defined in parent class
card_footer if context.footer.present? #defined in parent class
end
end
end
app/views/your_view.html.erb
<!-- some other erb markup -->
<%= Components::BlueCard.call(title: "hello", body: "world") %>
<!-- some other erb markup -->
Use components within components
Just like you used matestack's core components on your own UI component, you can use your own UI components within other custom UI components. You decide when using a Ruby method partial should be replaced by another self contained UI component!
app/matestack/components/card.rb
class Components::Card < Matestack::Ui::Component
required :body
optional :title
optional :image
def response
div class: "card shadow-sm border-0 bg-light" do
img path: context.image, class: "w-100" if context.image.present?
# calling the CardBody component rather than using Ruby method partials
Components::CardBody.call(title: context.title, body: context.body)
end
end
end
app/matestack/components/card_body.rb
class Components::CardBody < Matestack::Ui::Component
required :body
optional :title
def response
# Just an example. Would make more sense, if this component had
# a more complex structure
div class: "card-body" do
h5 context.title if context.title.present?
paragraph context.body, class: "card-body"
end
end
end
Yield components into components
Sometimes it's not enough to just pass simple data into a component. No worries! You can just yield a block into your components! Using this approach gives you more flexibility when using your UI components. Ofcourse yielding can be used alongside passing in simple params.
app/matestack/components/card.rb
class Components::Card < Matestack::Ui::Component
required :body
optional :title
optional :image
def response
div class: "card shadow-sm border-0 bg-light" do
img path: context.image, class: "w-100" if context.image.present?
Components::CardBody.call() do
# yielding a block into the card_body component
h5 context.title if context.title.present?
paragraph context.body, class: "card-body"
end
end
end
end
app/matestack/components/card_body.rb
class Components::CardBody < Matestack::Ui::Component
def response
# Just an example. Would make more sense, if this component had
# a more complex structure
div class: "card-body" do
yield if block_given?
end
end
end
Use named slots for advanced content injection
If you need to inject multiple blocks into your UI component, you can use "slots"! Slots help you to build complex UI components with multiple named content placeholders for highest implementation flexibility!
app/matestack/components/card.rb
class Components::Card < Matestack::Ui::Component
required :body
optional :title
optional :image
def response
div class: "card shadow-sm border-0 bg-light" do
img path: context.image, class: "w-100" if context.image.present?
Components::CardBody.call(slots: {
heading: method(:heading_slot),
body: method(:body_slot)
})
end
end
def heading_slot
h5 context.title if context.title.present?
end
def body_slot
paragraph context.body, class: "card-body"
end
end
app/matestack/components/card_body.rb
class Components::CardBody < Matestack::Ui::Component
required :slots
def response
# Just an example. Would make more sense, if this component had
# a more complex structure
div class: "card-body" do
div class: "heading-section" do
slot :heading
end
div class: "body-section" do
slot :body
end
end
end
end

2. Substitute Rails Views with Matestack Pages

Until here we used Matestack components on Rails views. If desired you can go one step further and use Matestack components on something called a Matestack Page:
A Matestack page can be compared to a Rails view and might be yielded within a layout provided by an associated Matestack layout class (see below). The page itself uses Matestack's HTML rendering mechanism in a response method and may additionally call other components in order to define a specific UI.
app/matestack/pages/some_page.rb
class Pages::SomePage < Matestack::Ui::Page
def response
div class: "container" do
span id: "hello" do
plain "hello world!"
end
Components::Card.call(title: "foo", body: "bar")
end
end
end
Pages are used as Rails view substitutes and therefore called in a Rails controller action:
app/controllers/some_controller.rb
class SomeController < ApplicationController
include Matestack::Ui::Core::Helper
def overview
render Pages::SomePage
end
end
The page response - in this case - will be yielded into the Rails layout if not specified differently.

3. Wrap Matestack Pages in Matestack Layouts

Just like a Rails layout would yield a Rails view, a Matestack layout yields a Matestack page. The layout uses Matestack's HTML rendering mechanism in a response method and may additionally call other components in order to define a specific UI.
app/matestack/some_app/some_layout.rb
class SomeApp::SomeLayout < Matestack::Ui::Layout
def response
h1 "Some App"
main do
yield
end
end
end
In this basic example the layout is using the methods h1 and main in order to create the markup as well as a yield in order to yield a page on a specific position.
A Matestack layout itself will be yielded into the Rails layout, unless the Rails layout is disabled in the controler via:layout false
Usually a layout implies a specific context of your application. Multiple pages are then scoped within that context, which could lead to a file structure like:
app/matestack/
|
└───some_app/
│ │ some_layout.rb
│ └───pages/
│ │ │ page1.rb
│ │ │ page2.rb
│ │ │ page3.rb
and then used in a controller like this:
app/controllers/some_controller.rb
class SomeController < ApplicationController
include Matestack::Ui::Core::Helper
matestack_layout SomeApp::SomeLayout
def page_1
render SomeApp::Pages::Page1
end
def page_2
render SomeApp::Pages::Page2
end
def page_3
render SomeApp::Pages::Page3, matestack_layout: false # skip app layout on this page
end
end
Get started now --> Detailed documentation can be found here