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Alternatives to Alamofire

Just, axios, Retrofit, Firebase, and Postman are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Alamofire.
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What is Alamofire and what are its top alternatives?

It is a Swift-based HTTP networking library for iOS and macOS. It provides an elegant interface on top of Apple's Foundation networking stack that simplifies a number of common networking tasks.
Alamofire is a tool in the API Tools category of a tech stack.
Alamofire is an open source tool with 35.8K GitHub stars and 6.7K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Alamofire's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Alamofire

  • Just

    Just

    It is a build task definition library. It stands on the shoulders of two excellent and well tested libraries: undertaker and yargs. It also provides what we call "stacks" to complete the workflow of building a repository. ...

  • axios

    axios

    It is a Javascript library used to make http requests from node.js or XMLHttpRequests from the browser and it supports the Promise API that is native to JS ES6. ...

  • Retrofit

    Retrofit

    Retrofit turns your HTTP API into a Java interface

  • Firebase

    Firebase

    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds. ...

  • Postman

    Postman

    It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide. ...

  • Amazon API Gateway

    Amazon API Gateway

    Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management. ...

  • Insomnia REST Client

    Insomnia REST Client

    Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux. ...

  • OpenAPI

    OpenAPI

    It is a publicly available application programming interface that provides developers with programmatic access to a proprietary software application or web service. ...

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              Hi Otensia! I'd definitely recommend using the skills you've already got and building with JavaScript is a smart way to go these days. Most platform services have JavaScript/Node SDKs or NPM packages, many serverless platforms support Node in case you need to write any backend logic, and JavaScript is incredibly popular - meaning it will be easy to hire for, should you ever need to.

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