Welcome to KISO
KISO is the Japanese word for foundation, or basis. I chose that word because I wanted to build a new foundation or starting point for Rails apps.
But first a little history...
Originally back in the distant past of 2011, Marc-Andre Cournoyer launched a little engine for Rails called Dresssed. It shipped with 1 theme, the classic and trusty 'Gimlet'.
No sooner than he launched Dresssed than Marc-Andre become super busy with his course 'Owning Rails', and he ended up leaving Dresssed untouched.
Then, in 2014, I contacted Marc-Andre to see what he was up to with Dresssed, and as it turned out he had no plans for it.
So I bought it from him, and after a huge amount of effort to update everything to the latest Bootstrap 3 at the time, re-launched Dressed with an all new theme - Ives.
Dresssed helped many Rails developers around the world get their Rails apps looking great with minimal effort.
Around 2016, I decided to push the boat out a bit theme-wise. And also re-brand (the Dresssed name had caused many problems over the years with its extra 's') as Rapid Rails Themes, and this time launching with 4 core theme, each with 4 variations.
The birth of KISO
Since launching Rapid Rails Themes in 2016, I've had a gnawing desire to expand out the feature set to something more than just themes. There are so many pieces to a SaaS app that are always the same, and are basically boiler plate.
I had a vision for a suite of Rails engines, that married perfectly with some Rails themes. I envisioned extra tools that made working with Rails and Docker containers easier than ever.
I wanted a foundation for a solid Rails SaaS app that looked great, was highly modular and even supported advanced technologies like React and GraphQL out the box.
KISO became that vision - a foundation for your Rails app that bolts together and is highly customizable and modular.
Today we're launching with KISO Themes which comes with support for Rails 6 and Webpacker out of the box.
There's also a complete Stripe payments engine that handles subscription and transactions, including an admin backend for both, and more.
And finally there's KISO Crate which is a CLI that automates all the rough edges of containerizing your Rails project with one command.
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