What is Rails API?
Rails::API is a subset of a normal Rails application, created for applications that don't require all functionality that a complete Rails application provides. It is a bit more lightweight, and consequently a bit faster than a normal Rails application. The main example for its usage is in API applications only, where you usually don't need the entire Rails middleware stack nor template generation.
Rails API is a tool in the Microframeworks (Backend) category of a tech stack.
Rails API is an open source tool with 5.2K GitHub stars and 290 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Rails API's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Rails API?
7 companies reportedly use Rails API in their tech stacks, including Stessa, smartzip, and Corvisio.
70 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Rails API.
Pros of Rails API
Great for quick decoupled apps
Simply the best
Soon to be merged into core Rails 5
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Rails API Alternatives & Comparisons
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