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Importing and Upgrading Projects

Import existing Rails projects or older Steel solutions...

Importing and Upgrading Projects

Note: applies to Steel 0.7 and later

Use the Project Importer to load up your Rails and Ruby projects. The Project Importer creates a new target directory and copies into it the directories and files from the original (source) project. It creates a Visual Studio solution and displays the files and directories in the Solution Explorer. The original files and directories are left unchanged.

How To Import A Project

- 1. Select File, New Project. In the New Project Dialog select the Import Project icon.
- 2. Enter a name for the new project and optionally browse to find an empty directory.
- 3. You may optionally select ‘Create directory for solution’
- 4. Click OK. You can now browse to find the folder containing the existing project which you wish to import.

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Browse to locate the top level directory of the Rails or Steel project you wish to import

- 5. Select the top level directory of the original project and click OK

Steel will now copy the entire directory structure and all the files it contains to the location of the new project (that is, the location which you selected In Step 2 above.

- 1) We recommend that you always create a new directory for an imported project. We caution against attempting to copy files into a directory which already contains source files. The project importer will overwrite any similarly named files and directories in the target directory.

- 2) The ‘top level’ directory of your existing Rails project (that is, the one you import from) will normally be the directory which ‘names’ the project (e.g. \Blog) and which contains various subdirectories such as \app, \components, \config and so on. The Importer copies all the files in a Rails project into the new target directory. It will not make any changes to the database or configuration files.

- 3) If you have created solution files using previous versions of Steel, you may find that the old solution files do not display correctly in the Solution Explorer. Use the Project Importer to convert them for use with the latest version of Steel.

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