Multitenancy with Rails - 2nd edition
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Multitenancy with Rails - 2nd edition

About the Book

The second edition of the best-selling Multitenancy with Rails book, full of new tricks + approaches to the multitenancy problems.

This book will demonstrate how to add multitenancy features to an existing Rails application, and also how to charge money for those features using the Braintree and Stripe payment gateways.

What's a multi-tenanted application? Think of applications like GitHub, where each user or organisation can have their own separate area within the application. Or how about Heroku where each user has their own separate app group. Those are multi-tenanted applications.

In this book we'll be adding multitenancy features to an already-established Rails codebase using some seriously good best practices, working with tools and processes like Behaviour-Driven Development, and PostgreSQL schemas. Along the way we'll discover that while something may seem like the best tool for the job, it may have show-stopping caveats.

In Chapter 5, the book covers how to use Braintree to make processing subscription payments for your multitenanted site a breeze. If Braintree isn't your thing, then Chapter 6 uses Stripe to do the same thing.

What's different between this book and the 1st edition? AKA: Why should I buy this book?

If you've bought the first edition already and would like a discounted copy ($10) then please email me with your receipt and I can hook you up. If you want to pay full-price for it, then go ahead :)

In the first edition, we build an application from scratch and inside that application we add our own authentication system using Warden. In the second edition, we use an existing, established application and add multitenancy features to that. This means that there's less waffling about authentication and we get straight to the implementation of multitenancy within this etablished application quicker.

By doing it this way, you get to see how these features can be added to an already existing application, which is probably why you're reading the book in the first place!

The first edition covers only Braintree's Transparent Redirect. This system is being deprecated by Braintree, and so in the second edition that chapter has received an entire rewrite to use Braintree's payment form and their subscriptions features. There's also an additional chapter that covers Stripe subscriptions, if that's more your thing.

About the Author

Ryan Bigg
Ryan Bigg

Ryan has been writing books and documentation for programming languages for over a decade. These books have sold over 20,000 copies worldwide.

Ryan lives in the lovely coastal town of Warrnambool, Australia.

Ryan Bigg

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Acknowledgements
  • A Grand Overview
    • Multitenancy
    • Software as a Service
    • The multi-tenant book review application idea
    • Summary
  • Laying the foundations
    • Twist: the book review application
    • Account Sign Up
    • Associating accounts with their owners
    • Adding subdomain support
    • Tying books to accounts
    • Summary
  • Inviting users
    • Creating invitations
    • Sending invitations
    • Accepting invitations
    • Generating unique invitation tokens
    • Existing users accepting invitations
    • Restricting accounts
    • Account switching
    • User management
    • Summary
  • Applying account scoping
    • Scoping by a database field
    • Using Postgres
    • Summary
  • Subscriptions with Braintree
    • Formulating plans
    • Creating subscriptions
    • Cancelling a subscription
    • Changing a subscription’s plan
    • Webhooks
    • Account Administration
    • Summary
  • Subscriptions with Stripe
    • Formulating plans
    • Creating subscriptions
    • Cancelling a subscription
    • Changing a subscription’s plan
    • Webhooks
    • Account administration
    • Handling unpaid accounts
    • The Payment Details Form
    • Summary
  • Notes

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