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A gem that calculates the exchange rate using published rates from European Central Bank. Compatible with the money gem

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eu_central_bank

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Introduction

This gem downloads the exchange rates from the European Central Bank. You can calculate exchange rates with it. It is compatible with the money gem.

Installation

gem install eu_central_bank

Dependencies

  • nokogiri
  • money

Usage

With the gem, you do not need to manually add exchange rates. Calling update_rates will download the rates from the European Central Bank. The API is the same as the money gem. Feel free to use Money objects with the bank.

eu_bank = EuCentralBank.new
Money.default_bank = eu_bank
money1 = Money.new(10)
money1.bank # eu_bank

# call this before calculating exchange rates
# this will download the rates from ECB
eu_bank.update_rates

# exchange 100 CAD to USD
# API is the same as the money gem
eu_bank.exchange(100, "CAD", "USD") # Money.new(80, "USD")
Money.us_dollar(100).exchange_to("CAD")  # Money.new(124, "CAD")

# using the new exchange_with method
eu_bank.exchange_with(Money.new(100, "CAD"), "USD") # Money.new(80, "USD")

For performance reasons, you may prefer to read from a file instead. Furthermore, ECB publishes their rates daily. It makes sense to save the rates in a file to read from. It also adds an update_at field so that you can manage the update.

# cached location
cache = "/some/file/location/exchange_rates.xml"

# saves the rates in a specified location
eu_bank.save_rates(cache)

# reads the rates from the specified location
eu_bank.update_rates(cache)

if !@bank.rates_updated_at || @bank.rates_updated_at < Time.now - 1.days
  @bank.save_rates(cache)
  @bank.update_rates(cache)
end

# exchange 100 CAD to USD as usual
eu_bank.exchange_with(Money.new(100, "CAD"), "USD") # Money.new(80, "USD")

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)

Copyright

Copyright (c) 2010-2013 RubyMoney. See LICENSE for details.

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