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Rails' MVC is not enough - a 'P' is missing

Long time ago a few Ruby on Rails developers in my entourage claimed that business logic should be pushed down into the Model layer.

That didn't make hugely sense to me and since there's a lot of fandom in Rails where your status as a developer seems to be very strongly correlated to the number of the latest buzzwords and Rails extensions you're decorating yourself with and since the claim did not come along with a strong rationale either I pretty much dismissed it as yet another brain fart.

Today though I coincidentally stumbled over an article that very plainly, convincingly and succintly argued the case:

I'm convinced.

However that leaves a gaping hole: where are the business processes? The code thus, that juggles a multitude of different Models, checks them, changes them, takes decisions and reshuffles them?

You do not want to put the processes into the Controller due to difficult testability and a mismatch of concern as explained before.

And you do not want to put it into a Model either, since a Model is not a Process but just a business object.

Stated like this, the answer seems to be obvious: a "P" is missing from Rails MVC; Rails is missing an app/processes directory.

(Strangely enough I stumbled over yet another very good article that suggests a more generic and more complex solution. I wonder what happened with its author N. Alex Rupp?)

Tomáš Pospíšek, 2011-01-26