I just found the Engines plugin and I’m very happy with the progress
made this morning in getting up and running with it.
I’m using it as a replacement for Duane’s Productize concept. I have a
generic application that will be the base for customer specific
applications. Mostly views will change from customer to customer to use
different pieces of data from the model. Since Productize is pretty
dead (I spoke to Duane and he said the project he developed Productize
died in vitro), I was fishing for a replacement. At first I tried using
themes plugin, and it worked mostly, but I found I needed something that
would allow me to override controller code because too much logic was
to be expressed in my themed views without that ability.
Engines has allowed me to take the generic app, stuff it into an engine
create a brand new rails app, install Engines and my engine then start
customizing for this customer from there. Absolutely fantastic.
I really think some effort should be made to let people know how well
Engines can replace Productize. I saw several blog posts and articles
were lamenting the lack of Productize in Rails 1.1. I’ll do my part and
comment on a few of those posts with my success so far.