Hi I'm building an app at the moment where specific items can be added to an order and then purchased through paypal. Becuase the items are limited, it's important to relist them quickly if the order is not completed within 5mins. Anybody have any suggestions as to how I could go about this? I was thinking of creating an observer for orders and including an after_create like so: Class OrderObserver < ActiveRecord::Observer def after_create sleep 300 # sleep for 5 mins if self.status > 3 # anything above 3 should be saved return else self.items.each do |item| item.update_attribute :order_id, nil end self.destroy end end Is there a better or a standard way of doing this though?
on 2009-02-12 14:27
on 2009-02-12 14:31
take a look at backgrounDRb. maybe this could be an option for you. http://backgroundrb.rubyforge.org/ in a background process you could sleep for as long as you want to, but if you try that in your main process your application might freeze for that amount of time.
on 2009-02-12 14:33
I thought that may be the case Thanks for your help - will read up on background DRb
on 2009-02-12 15:15
On 12 Feb 2009, at 12:32, Gavin wrote: > > I thought that may be the case > Thanks for your help - will read up on background DRb > another possibility is to have a cron job or daemon that checks for orders that have been waiting for too long (stick a expires_at column or something on the table). Just calling sleep is a bad idea. Fred
on 2009-02-12 16:39
Gavin wrote: > Anybody have any suggestions as to how I could go about this? > > I was thinking of creating an observer for orders and including an > after_create like so: > > Class OrderObserver < ActiveRecord::Observer > > def after_create > sleep 300 # sleep for 5 mins > if self.status > 3 # anything above 3 should be saved > return > else > self.items.each do |item| > item.update_attribute :order_id, nil > end > self.destroy > end > end Sorry if this response is a bit off the question's topic, but I do have an unrelated suggestion. You have the following line in your sample code: > if self.status > 3 # anything above 3 should be saved I would recommend against this use of "magic numbers," such as "3" in this case. The number 3 has no meaning here. I would recommend that you use something like a "finite state machine." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_state_machine There is a Ruby gem implementation of this: http://github.com/rubyist/aasm/tree/master Now the same line of code can be written as: if self.completed? Now there is no ambiguity on the meaning of some "magic number." The code clearly states its intent.
on 2009-02-12 16:49
So, would it be more appropriate to write a method like def purchased? if self.status > 3 return true else return false end end and then call the purchased? method to perform the check? On 12 Feb, 14:39, Robert W. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
on 2009-02-12 17:17
Gavin wrote: > So, would it be more appropriate to write a method like > > def purchased? > if self.status > 3 > return true > else > return false > end > end > > and then call the purchased? method to perform the check? > > > > On 12 Feb, 14:39, Robert W. <email@example.com> Actually it could be as simple as adding some constants to represent your states. Example: STARTED = 1 PROCESSING = 2 COMPLETED = 3 BILLED = 4 PAID = 5 if self.state > COMPLETED You just want to avoid the use of a "magic number" by giving it clear meaning.
on 2009-02-12 17:21
Writing more unit tests for this as we speak Thanks for the tip Robert PS - I presume, if I were to use constants that I would define the constants in the class itself? On 12 Feb, 15:17, Robert W. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
on 2009-02-12 20:28
+1 for implementing this as a cron job. Sometimes the cleanest solution is outside the framework.
on 2009-02-12 20:45
Am I right in saying Daemons for frequent tasks (performing a specific check every minute or so) and cron jobs for less regular tasks (cleaning up sessions every week or so)? Are Daemons resource-intensive?
on 2009-02-12 21:34
Hi, Check out this excelent railscast: http://railscasts.com/episodes/129-custom-daemon It is really easy & effective. Also, Thorny Gorms has some built-in checks for form expiration: http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/br... Cheers, Sazima
on 2009-02-12 21:45
Thanks Sazima - I set up a daemon like this earlier today and it's working a treat, just wasn't sure if this was the most economic way to get the job done! But if it's good enough for Ryan, it's good enough for me.