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Jeremy P. (Guest)
on 2006-04-27 15:18
I just started to learn RoR because I need to create a relatively simple
but important application due next month.

The Shopping cart app in this book is going ok but I have a question.

Is the complexity of the shopping cart example in this book
representitive of a real world application?

Note that i am not saying if the application is production quality, I
mean the 'complexity' of the applications.
Tom A. (Guest)
on 2006-04-27 16:12
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Well, it depends on the scope of the application. The shopping cart is
production quality, but does *so* little you'd hardly want to put it

I'd put it at the "very basic" level of complexity for RoR. The moment
start deviating from the built-in standards and function, and start
to write "real code" (rather than merely glueing components together)
get more complex.

But "complexity" is a relative term anyway, depending on what you want
to do
and at what scale. Some applications are big and time-consuming, but not
complex, and vice versa. So I'm not really sure if that helps you, or
you want to know. It's certainly a simplistic and easy application.

For a real world perspective, go take a look at the Typo source code -
nicely laid out, nice balance of builtin versus new functionality, the
size you can get your head around - and you might even be aware of its

Warren S. (Guest)
on 2006-04-27 18:41
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I think it's fair to say that the simplicity of the shopping application
(Depot) is
representative of the simplicity of using Rails. It doesn't contain the
hardest edge
cases.  It's a teaching app.

Warren S.
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