What is the difference between precompiling my assets and compressing my css, jss files? Suppose I were to precompile my assets which then are stored in my public folder, do rails then pick my assets files only from the public folder?
Or is the behavior different for development and production environment?
In Rails, precompilation refers to the process of concatenating (turning several JS/CSS files into 1 JS, 1 CSS file), minifying (using something like
The Rails Asset Pipeline Guide is good. I’d suggest checking that out.
An additional note: Rails will give precedence to any file in the public folder before serving a dynamic page. This means that if you have run the
rake assets:precompile step on your local machine, the assets will be present and will be used in place of the development versions.