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Guidance on implementing Dwolla


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#1 tjsherrill



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 05:22 AM

Ok, I am a novice RoR dev and want to get better.  What I am looking for isn't code examples rather steps to take.


I have been through the examples on the: https://github.com/Dwolla/dwolla-ruby/ gem.  I am just not 100% how to implement in a rails project.


The way I see it working is:


New User case: 

  1. Clicks a signup button
  2. Signs up (user is created in the db / no dwolla account yet.  I can use a basic auth gem.)
  3. User is asked to add Bank info (dwolla account created.  I assume this is a before_update on the User model. THIS IS WHERE I NEED THE MOST HELP...   )

I am new to working with external stuff like Dwolla.  So anything you can share is super helpful.


thanks in advance.

#2 tjsherrill



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 05:49 PM

After some more looking my premise will not work.  


  1. User can sign in to my site, but that can't create a dwolla account for them.  
  2. They need to secondarily create a Dwolla account.  
  3. Then I can have a button that "connects" the accounts.  The user clicks it, an oAuth call is made to the Dwolla site, the users sees a popup (similar to a facebook permissions dialog) they approve the connection.
  4. Once approved I would "add" their dwolla user token to their user record in the db

Does this make more sense?  


again, thanks for the help, I am new to connecting with external apis.

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