I have a fixed price contract to develop a website for a training
organisation that will show courses they offer,
dates, times and venues when they run. There is also a fair amount
of typical CMS content, and the potential for more course content,
so BrowserCMS seems well suited.
They also want to have bookings and payments online via PayPal, so
I have been considering Spree, although on further analysis I only
need/can use the shopping cart & checkout, plus the data structures
(models) from Spree. I think I can avoid the user seeing the Spree
or product pages (nothing personal, these pages are just more CMS
than product like.)
So far my preferred strategy is (not necessarily in order) :
1) merge the spree and BCMS tables into a single database.
The only naming overlap is users, schema_migrations and potentially
2) if they can't share sessions, then patch BCMS to create/delete Spree
in parallel with its own sessions.
3) run Spree and BCMS independantly with Apache and Passenger on
4) write a BCMS module to load spree's models
5) patch the new admin panels into the BCMS admin
6) Create product selection forms on BCMS pages that use the Spree
eventually constructing an order and redirecting the customer to
the spree cart on its own subdomain.
Any feedback/warnings/advice/encouragement/gasps of horror would be
While this may not be following the golden path toward mountable apps,
hopefully there will be some contribution toward a nice integration
between these (IMHO) flagship Rails projects that together would cover
the needs of so many business sites.