Rails eShop – my first big project using Ruby on Rails

[readolog_dropcap ]H[/readolog_dropcap]appy new Rails year, fellow riders!


I finished my very first „serious“ project – yay! It looks and behaves like a rails eShop (you can find link further down below). Before I go into technical details some intro – this website was created for friends of mine and although it was kind of experimental for me (first real app), it turned out to be quite decent as one might say so.

As with every customer-oriented project, there was a lot of JavaScript involved, which is by far not my strongest language. It started calm and nicely with pure ruby on rails, I could use a lot of stuff I learned from this book – Agile Web Development With Rails. But then… as more and more wished appeared I realized that there is no way around some front-end development.

Enough smalltalk, let’s get straight to the data:

  • Bootstrap Theme used – „Minimal
  • Notable gems: figaro (managing global variables), devise (users), carrierwave (images uploads), sendgrid (for sending any kinds of mails)
  • Database: postgresql (I think it’s pretty a must-have for shops because of hstore – which, as far as I understand makes postgres almost non-relational, because hstore columns allow to store hash/value pairs)
  • Deployment: capistrano, puma, nginx (you can check out my article about deployment here)
  • Other features: protected admin namespace

[readolog_dropcap ]M[/readolog_dropcap]ost notable code


JavaScript – a calculator for end value of a product based on amount, delivery method and size (plus additional services, which are to be differentiated between one for each product and one for a full order). There is some hard coded stuff and of course this piece of code might not be the state of the art, however it works pretty well.

$(document).ready ->

    if $('a.size_input').length != 0

jQuery ->
    $('li a').click (event) ->
        # event.preventDefault()

    $('form').on 'click', '.add_fields', (event) ->
    	time = new Date().getTime()
    	regexp = new RegExp($(this).data('id'), 'g')
    	$(this).before($(this).data('fields').replace(regexp, time))

    get_multiplier = ->
        amount = $('#amount').val()
        multiplier = 1.5
        multiplier = switch
            when amount <= 99 then multiplier = 1.5
            when amount >= 100 and amount < 300 then multiplier = 1.4
            when amount >= 300 and amount < 500 then multiplier = 1.3
            when amount >= 500 and amount < 1000 then multiplier = 1.25
            when amount >= 1000 and amount < 3000 then multiplier = 1.23
            when amount >= 3000 and amount < 7000 then multiplier = 1.2
        return multiplier

    get_delivery = ->
        delivery = $('#delivery').val()
        return parseFloat(delivery).toFixed(2)

    get_size = ->
        # in this method we either select the price value based on the flash
        # drive size, or, if it has a basic price, just simply the basic price
        # from the hidden #basicprice id

        selected_size = $('input[name=volume]:checked').val()
        if (selected_size == undefined)
            return parseFloat($('#basicprice')[0].innerText)
            array = selected_size.split(",")[1].replace(']','')
            return parseFloat(array).toFixed(2)

    get_all_addservices = ->
        # This method delivers all checked addservice price
        # so we can first substract it before applying any multiplications
        addservices = new Array()
        addservicesParty = new Array()

        console.log('inside get all addservices:')
        checkboxes = document.getElementsByName("addservices[]")
        for checkbox in checkboxes

            addserviceprice_splitted = (checkbox.value).split(" ")
            # console.log(addserviceprice_splitted[2])
            # Here we need to check if the 'apply to whole party is true or false'
            party = addserviceprice_splitted[2]

            addserviceprice = parseFloat(addserviceprice_splitted[1]).toFixed(2)
            if checkbox.checked
                parsedPrice = parseFloat(addserviceprice)

                if party == 'true'

        if addservices.length > 0
            sum = addservices.reduce((a,b) => a+b)
            sum = 0

        if addservicesParty.length > 0
            sumParty = addservicesParty.reduce((a,b) => a+b)
            sumParty = 0

        console.log('Addservices combined: ' + addservices + '| Addservice to whole party: '+ addservicesParty)
        return [parseFloat(sum), parseFloat(sumParty)]

    recalculate = ->
        # This function recalculates the price
        base = get_size()
        deliveryCoefficient = get_delivery()
        amountCoefficient = get_multiplier()
        addservices = get_all_addservices()

        addserviceOne = addservices[0]
        addserviceParty = addservices[1]

        amount = $('#amount').val()

        console.log('base - ' + base + '| delivery - ' + deliveryCoefficient + ' | add service sum - ' + addservices + ' | amount coefficient - ' + amountCoefficient)

        endPriceOne = (base*deliveryCoefficient*amountCoefficient) + addserviceOne
        endPriceParty = (base * deliveryCoefficient * amountCoefficient) * amount
        endPriceAll = endPriceOne * amount + addserviceParty
        endPriceServices = (addserviceOne * amount) + addserviceParty


    $('.size_input').click (event) ->
    $('.addservice_checkbox').change (event) ->

    $('#amount').on('input', (event) ->

    $('#delivery').change (event) ->

    $("#thediv").click (event) ->

    $('#load_more_btn').click (event) ->

Here we have some fancy helper methods which I grabbed from Ryan Bates screencasts. They allow you to add fields on the go:

module ApplicationHelper

	def hidden_div_if(condition, attributes = {}, &block)
		if condition
			attributes["style"] = "display: none"
		content_tag('div', attributes, &block)

	def link_to_add_fields(name, f, association)
		new_object = f.object.send(association).klass.new
		id = new_object.object_id
		fields = f.fields_for(association, new_object, child_index: id) do |builder|
			render(association.to_s.singularize + "_fields", f: builder)
		link_to(name, '#', class: 'add_fields', data: {id: id, fields: fields.gsub("\n", "")})

[readolog_dropcap ]L[/readolog_dropcap]ast, but not least


we have of course a fully functional rails eShop with a working cart, order placement, sending confirmation letters to customers and admins, an administration panel for managing products etc. etc.

Unfortunately the owners decided to put this page on ice, therefore it’s unlikely that you will receive some flash drives. However you can check the page out all by yourself – http://souvenirnya-produktsiya.ru/


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Hello! My name is Anton. I am a passionate project manager who loves digging deep into code. You can check my Github and CodeEval. Hopefully my thoughts on management can lead you to one or another good idea.