I keep harping on this, but I love the fact that when I approach a task with Sinatra the slate is totally blank. Yes, there are some ready-made solutions with Rack, and Sinatra helpers, but there are no "official" methods.
While some may scoff, I love that aspect of Sinatra.
I'm currently reviewing Sinatra sessions, which are based off of Rack::Sessions, for the purpose of authentication and user interface customization.
Apart from the bare metal authentication mechanisms available from Rack, we are on our own!
Again, some may scoff, but I prefer that I don't have to put the boat in reverse to undo what others found useful to make it so I can setup what I find appropriate.
It probably won't be too difficult to do the same with Sinatra, and that is awesome!
While I have yet to get started on the actual implementation, I was able to figure out how to exclude bots from getting sessioned:
unless :agent.to_s =~ /(Slurp|msnbot|Googlebot)/ use Rack::Session::Memcache, :key => 'notapp', :domain => 'dev-48-gl.example.com', :expire_after => 60 * 60 * 24 * 365, :memcache_server => 'localhost:11211' end
Untested, of course!
PS - I'm still having no problems with Sinatra 1.0a. I've tried the "settings" method. It didn't work, but that may have been my bad.
PPS - I've now started on a Sinatra helper for RBAC (role based access control). Hopefully I'll get base the authentication system off of an existing class.
PPPS - Eldrad must live!