Looking for any e-commerce frameworks


#1

I’m wondering if there are any decent e-commerce frameworks done in
Rails that are available for general use. My company is looking at
upgrading from our existing shoddy Classic ASP solution, and since I
am learning Rails in my spare time I’m tempted to look at using it as
a solution; right now we’re evaluating the PHP-based cart Magento
(http://www.magentocommerce.com) which seems really robust, but I
don’t know PHP beyond the bare basics of it.

I’m looking for any Rails frameworks for a storefront, and I’ve seen
several but I don’t know if they will fit our needs because we have
somewhat “strange” requirements:

The main thing that we require is the ability to have multiple
storefronts, and filter a subset of products for each store. For
example, a furniture storefront with a unique layout, that only
displays furniture, and a “green” storefront that only shows green
products. This sounds like a job for individual controllers/views,
since if a layout has the same name as a controller it will override
the default application.html.erb file, but it also means that I would
need to manually create all of these separate controllers that contain
pretty much the same functionality; that doesn’t sound very DRY to
me. As I said I’m only beginning with Rails; I’ve worked through the
Agile Web D. w/Rails book and I’m looking for something
meatier to dig my teeth into, but I’m sure that I won’t be able to do
any really fancy metaprogramming for some time.

The other thing we need is to separate customers into groups, and then
be able to assign a special price (not a discount off of a price, but
a totally separate price) based on what group the customer is in.
There are a few more flags that we need to track but these are trivial
with Rails.

Basically I’m wondering if there’s any tool already available that can
give me a leg up on this, or if I have to do it myself; I’m sure I
could as it doesn’t seem like anything really complex, but why
reinvent the wheel?

If anyone could offer some suggestions, I would appreciate it greatly.


#2

Take a look at Substruct. I have used it for a few clients, and it’s
pretty
easy to setup and manage.

http://code.google.com/p/substruct/


#3

I’ll look at that. I was also looking at Spree. Our current setup
uses a bunch of different gateways, 3DSI, Authorize.net (I know this
one is supported), and looking at ICVerify (which I’ve never heard
of).