What's the pattern for modularizing / sharing your code?


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Ok, this is the first time I’ve run across this, but I think they’re
good problems to have :).

I’ve got a web app out in production. I’ve also got a tool for internal
use that manages the reporting on that application.

Problem #1: What’s the best practice out there for sharing the model?
They are entirely separate web apps with entirely different users,
environments, and purpose - but they both manipulate the same business
model. Surely there is a way to avoid repeating myself?

Problem #2: With the success of the first production webapp, the boss
said “Ok, now tell us what it would take to do the exact same thing for
our other, differently-branded web site.” Ummm…short of “clone all
the source code” I was a bit stuck for an answer. Here it seems like
there’d be even more overlap, but I’m not sure about the reality - it
would be all new views, but also at the very least some new
configuration to differentiate it from its twin in the database. Is
there a better answer there?