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Rails and iOS - a sample starting setup

about 7 years ago by Alex

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In addition to this blog post, you might want to check out this iOS and Rails Starter Kit.

Let’s say you want to build an iOS app on top of a Ruby on Rails backend. Here are a few resources to get you started:

The iOS Side

  • CocoaPods is a great way to manage dependencies and libraries. It has specs for all the libraries we are using and many many more. It’s a must!
  • We’re using RestKit to easily consume the Rails API. It maps the resources into Objective C classes, maintains relationships, handles authentication, and more.
  • SVProgressHUD is a nice little library that handles progress indicators and success/error messages.
  • All iOS apps that communicate to a server need to gracefully degrade when connectivity is not present. This is actually also a formal requirement for being approved on the App Store. This library handles Reachability with ease.

The Rails Side

  • If you are already using the devise gem for logging in, it’s perfect for integration with iOS. You’ll simply need to enable http_authenticatable in devise.rb and set up RestKit with each user’s email and password. You might also want to look into token authentication.
  • If you intend the Rails app to only handle the API, the Rails-API gem is a good place to get you started.

Resources

Both of the above websites are subscription based, but, in my opinion, are providing a very useful service.

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