As already pointed out you *can* accomplish this in one project.
Check into the new namespacing options for routes.rb
(www.yourdomain.com/admin/product and www.yourdomain.com/product) as
one alternative. Another would be to use Rails' ability to deliver
the subdomain names to your controller and take the appropriate
If you still must use two projects, you'd probably make the admin
app's public/product_images a symlink to the one for the main app.
I am working on a small RoR project and decided to split the front-end
and the admin portion into two separate RoR projects. The project is a
typical e-commerce website and as such has a folder to keep the images
and thumbnail of the products. I am currently keeping this folder under
public/product_images. This works fine with the front-end part, but is
not accessible by admin project. I have two questions:
1. Is there a easy way to share a folder between two or more RoR
2. How this affects deployment
Your help will be greatly appreciated.
I too am in favor of separate apps for the following reasons:
1. different UI (V)
2. different interactions (C)
3. same business logic (M)
so how to do #3?
create a plugin, and put your models into it. Then include it in both your app and the admin project.
The added benefits are 2 fold - a reduction in the possibility of bugs (that can have grave consequences if your reg users gain some admin access), plus clearer separation for load and performance tuning. The database (unless you mirror) will be still be a common resource, but your mongrel/nginx/ etc can be tuned for end users. Additionally your deploys can be more liberal(frequent) with your admin users.