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How do I know which object or OpenERP webservice I should Invoke from OOOR?
An easy is to use your GTK client and start it with the -l debug_rpc (or alternatively -l debug_rpc_answer) option. For non *nix users, you can alternatively start your server with the --log-level=debug_rpc option (you can also set this option in your hidden OpenERP server config file in your user directory). Then create indents in the log before doing some action and watch your logs carefully. OOOR will allow you to do the same easily from Ruby/Rails.
How can I load/reload my OpenERP models into my Ruby application?
You can load/reload your models at any time (even in console), creating a new Ooor instance that will override the class definitions: $ ooor_instance = Ooor.new(:url => 'http://localhost:8069/xmlrpc', :database => 'mybase', :username => 'admin', :password => 'admin') or using a config YAML file instead: $ ooor_instance = Ooor.new("config/ooor.yml") Alternatively, you can load/reload some specific OpenERP models only: $ ooor_instance.load_models(['product.product', 'res.partner'])
Isn't OOOR slow?
You might think that proxying a Python based server through a Rails app using XML/RPC would be dog slow. Well, not too much actually. I did some load testing using a Centrino Duo laptop (dual core at 1.6 GHz), and I was able to approach 10 requests/sec, to display some OpenERP resource as XML through HTTP. That should be enough for what it's meant too. Heavily loaded application might cache things at the Rails level if that's too slow, but I don't think so.
Also notice that using JRuby I could serve some 20% faster.
Yes Ooor is fully JRuby compatible. It's even somewhat 20% faster using Java6 + last JRuby. This might be espcially interresting if you plan to mix Java libraries with OpenERP in the same web appication.
Can I extend the OOOR models?
Yes you can perfectly do that. Basically an OpenERP model get a basic ActiveResource model. For instance: product.product is mapped to the ProductProduct ActiveResource model. But using the Ruby open classes features, you can asbolutely re-open the ProductProduct class and add features of your own. In you app/model directory, create a product_product.rb file with inside, the redÃ©finition of ProductProduct, for instance:
$ class ProductProduct < OpenObjectResource $ def foo $ "bar" $ end $ end
Now a ProductProduct resource got a method foo, returning "bar".