Example Application - DDD in Ruby on Rails
There is a ton of materials on Domain-Driven Design. There are books, lectures, videos - you can choose whatever works for you. But one question is often asked - how to put all those concepts in code.
I have seen a lot of comments, that Ruby on Rails is not suitable for the domain-driven approach. That it somehow lacks the ability to hold and make use of all its elements.
Presentation of the application
Recently, at a Ruby meetup at Visuality, I have had a great pleasure to give a talk describing an example DDD application written in Ruby on Rails. The application uses plain Rails, with no additional gems (there is a glimpse of Sidekiq - just to see how well it fits).
- Bounded contexts,
- Layered architecture,
- Application services,
- Factory methods,
- Domain events and domain event handlers,
- Read models,
- and much more
All of the above, without using any additional dependencies. If you are interested, please check the presentation:
- in English https://youtu.be/tUfc7t9JW-8
- in Polish https://youtu.be/1h1ML-dUnLQ
Unfortunately I cannot share the code for this application. I use it for educational purposes - for individual research and in-house workshops.
However, I've written a small example, which contains (or will contain shortly) all the pieces included in the presentation. If you'd like to play with it, please take a look at https://github.com/pstrzalk/ddd-example-in-ruby-on-rails
Honestly, it's just a piece of code written in a few hours. It's not perfect (by far) and it's not supposed to be. I wanted to give you a piece of code, which can be the base for future discussions. I would love if you could let me know on Twitter / Mastodon / Miłośnicy Ruby discord if you found it useful or if you have any comments.
Articles in this series
- Introduction to DDD in Ruby on Rails
- Value Object
- How to design an entity
- Bounded Context
- Example Application
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