Active Admin 1.0

Note: This post is by Varyonic, not the ActiveAdmin organization.

So after nearly seven years Active Admin 1.0 is out. It has been a long and sometimes uncertain journey of which I have witnessed only part. The original author has moved on, subsequent maintainers have burned out, changed jobs, started families… The bug list remains longer than we would like, the features list remains longer than we can handle, but Active Admin has been in production use for years at companies, NGOs and agencies, and there is commitment to keeping the project alive through quiet pragmatism rather than grand plans.

Not all of us have the time, money, or even need for the next shiny thing, and even if Active Admin sometimes cuts across ‘the Rails Way’ it can be a significantly productive tool. I encourage you to give it a try, to upgrade if you are already using it, to give us feedback if you find issues. General help is available on StackOverflow (tag #activeadmin); search the GitHub issues, both open and closed (~5,000 in total), before submitting anything new. If you are using Active Admin regularly consider looking through the code, issues and the commit log, maybe you will be inspired to contribute, even if just documentation or translations. If you are working for an agency with multiple customers you may be able to provide valuable insight and encourage adoption.

So thank you to all 500+ contributors so far and especially Timo for the past couple of years, here’s to the next 1M downloads.

5 thoughts on “Active Admin 1.0

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    Kyle Geske - May 8, 2017

    Congrats to everyone who contributed to this release! I teach Ruby/Rails at a college in Canada and have been introducing students to ActiveAdmin for many years now. Please accept my appreciation and gratitude for this very helpful gem.

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    Mário Marroquim - May 11, 2017

    Yes! ActiveAdmin has been one of my favorite tools. It really adds productivity to my development process. I agree that it does not comply 100% with the Rails Way. Some people even think that It has a not so good architecture, but I think this is a small tradeoff in order to get reliable nice looking software built fast, from day one. Thank you for all the hard work.

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    Brendon Muir - May 11, 2017

    ActiveAdmin is a seriously great gem. Well done to you and the team for all the hard work!

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    Andrei - May 15, 2017

    Just awesome! Thank you for this amazing tool. I just tried it this weekend and I was able to get working and useful interface in one hour, what a delightful experience.

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