This tutorial is a continuation of the previous one, Extensions, and begins where we left off in the last one. We have created a simple extension for promoting on-sale products on a “sales homepage”.

In this tutorial we are going to learn about Deface and how we can use it to improve our extension. As part of improving our extension, we will be updating the existing Spree admin interface so that we are able to set the sale_price for products.

What is Deface?

Deface is a standalone Rails library that enables you to customize Erb templates without needing to directly edit the underlying view file. Deface allows you to use standard CSS3 style selectors to target any element (including Ruby blocks), and perform an action against all the matching elements. Check out the Customization guide for more details.

Improving Our Extension Using Deface

The Goal

Our goal is to add a field to the product edit admin page that allows the sale_price to be added or updated. We could do this by overriding the view Spree provides, but there are potential problems with this technique. If Spree updates the view in a new release we won’t get the updated view as we are already overriding it. We would need to update our view with the new content from Spree and then add our customizations back in to stay fully up to date.

Let’s do this instead using Deface, which we just learned about. Using Deface will allow us to keep our view customizations in one spot, app/overrides, and make sure we are always using the latest implementation of the view provided by Spree.

The Implementation

We want to override the product edit admin page, so the view we want to modify in this case is the product form partial. This file’s path will be spree/admin/products/_form.html.erb.

First, let’s create the overrides directory with the following command:

$ mkdir app/overrides

So we want to override spree/admin/products/_form.html.erb. Here is the part of the file we are going to add content to (you can also view the full file):

<div class="right four columns omega" data-hook="admin_product_form_right">
<%= f.field_container :price do %>
    <%= f.label :price, raw(Spree.t(:master_price) + content_tag(:span, ' *',
     :class => 'required')) %>
    <%= f.text_field :price, :value => number_to_currency(@product.price,
      :unit => '') %>
    <%= f.error_message_on :price %>
<% end %>

We want our override to insert another field container after the price field container. We can do this by creating a new file app/overrides/add_sale_price_to_product_edit.rb and adding the following content: => 'spree/admin/products/_form',
  :name => 'add_sale_price_to_product_edit',
  :insert_after => "erb[loud]:contains('text_field :price')",
  :text => "
    <%= f.field_container :sale_price do %>
      <%= f.label :sale_price, raw(Spree.t(:sale_price) + content_tag(:span, ' *')) %>
      <%= f.text_field :sale_price, :value =>
        number_to_currency(@product.sale_price, :unit => '') %>
      <%= f.error_message_on :sale_price %>
    <% end %>

We also need to delegate sale_price to the master variant in order to get the updated product edit form working.

We can do this by creating a new file app/models/spree/product_decorator.rb and adding the following content to it:

module Spree
  Product.class_eval do
    delegate_belongs_to :master, :sale_price

Now, when we head to http://localhost:3000/admin/products and edit a product, we should be able to set a sale price for the product and be able to view it on our sale page, http://localhost:3000/sale. Note that you will likely need to restart our example Spree application (created in the Getting Started tutorial).