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My experience with Spree Commerce Product Import using Datashift Spree

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Spree Commerece Product Import Usecases


Overview

  • Recently we worked on re-platforming an E-commerce store that we wanted to move to SpreeCommerce to expand their offering & to cater to existing customers better.

  • As we analysed their ambitious requirements and the desire to launch in a very short period of time, we evaluated existing Spree Commerce extensions that we could use to get work done in the shortest possible period of time.


  • One big task in the migration, was moving over their existing product catalog to SpreeCommerce.

  • Our search for an already proven solution for this led us to datashift_spree which looked very promising. datashiftspree is a part of datashift which is a set of tools which help import and export from generic Ruby on Rails application. Datashift has very well defined conventions across representation of data in various cases.


The Run - Warmup

  • As we started evaluating datashift_spree for the capabilities it mentions, we started seeing some roadblocks as with any integration. Thankfully the roadblaocks were code-critical which we are most comfortable dealing with:


Just to mention few:

  • datashifthas undergone drastic refactoring which has rendered datashift_spree incompatible with latest datashift 0.40.0 version.

  • Next datashift 0.16.0 version posed some challenges while running thor list commands and datashift_spree:product:load

  • Refer datashift-branch-diff

  • Refer datashift-spree-branch-diff


Spree Product Import Usecases

  • Dummy Run helps to find & fix errors without corrupting database with invalid values

  • In case of errors, a detailed report of what/when/how related to steps execution is invaluable for the developer and operations guy for the confidence in import process and its correctness.

  • A uniform convention for data representation catering to different usecases makes the api/changes intuitive for not documented cases and help extend with minimum effort.

  • Syntax-summary

  • Defining-and-importing-Complex-Associations

  • Spree-Import-Export-Tips

  • Spree-Specific-Loader-Syntax


Dev Setup with updated branches on Githubforks

  • Ruby 2.2.1

  • Spree 3.0.4

  • Rails 4.2.5

  • Rails Engine to wrap datashift_spree functionality and add Admin interface

  • datashift_spree 0-2-stable github branch

  • datashift0-16-stable github branch

  • Though above is tested with above setup, it should work on latest ruby and latest Spree 3.0.x version


Let us know any difficulties in comments

  • To see in live action without much effort

  • Clone Spree Store AT https://github.com/vinsol-spree-contrib/spree_datashift_store

  • Run bundle install

  • Run bundle exec rake db:create && bundle exec rake db:migrate && bundle exec rake db:seed


  • Run bundle exec rails

  • Log on to Admin Section using credentials as entered during seed above

  • Open http://localhost:3000/admin/product_import

  • See more at - http://vinsol.com/blog/2016/10/20/import-product-data-spree-commerce/


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