CocoaPods vs Cocoa Touch (iOS): What are the differences?
Developers describe CocoaPods as "A dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects". CocoaPods supports almost every way you would want to get source code; git, svn, bzr, http and hg. You can use your own private code repository to manage your own dependencies. It only requires a git repo, no server necessary. On the other hand, Cocoa Touch (iOS) is detailed as "The Cocoa Touch collection of frameworks includes everything needed to create iOS apps". The Cocoa Touch layer contains key frameworks for building iOS apps. These frameworks define the appearance of your app. They also provide the basic app infrastructure and support for key technologies such as multitasking, touch-based input, push notifications, and many high-level system services.
CocoaPods can be classified as a tool in the "Dependency Management" category, while Cocoa Touch (iOS) is grouped under "Frameworks (Full Stack)".
CocoaPods is an open source tool with 11.7K GitHub stars and 2.11K GitHub forks. Here's a link to CocoaPods's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Cocoa Touch (iOS) has a broader approval, being mentioned in 32 company stacks & 19 developers stacks; compared to CocoaPods, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.
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