This might be pretty obvious to more seasoned Rubyites, but I’m making a note of it here because this was news to me.
I often come across gems whose source code I want to read.
In a pinch, I’ll head to RubyGems, find the gem that I’m looking for, get linked to the repo, and view the gem’s source code through my web browser, typically with GitHub’s web viewer.
If I need to roll my sleeves up and I want to mess with the gem source, then I’d have to find a git clone link, switch back to my terminal, run git clone, check out the appropriate git tag for the version of the gem that I want to examine, etc. This can be a drag, and most of the time I’m not looking to contribute - I just want to read the source more comfortably.
You can unpack gems to your current working directory and browse their source code from the comfort of your text editor with this incantation:
Note that if you have multiple versions of a given gem installed at once, you can specify the version to unpack or have it default to the highest installed version number.
Visit this SO page for more details, but here are the important bits from the help output:
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