Cocoa Touch (iOS) vs Trailblazer: What are the differences?
Cocoa Touch (iOS): 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; Trailblazer: A new architecture for Rails. Trailblazer is a thin layer on top of Rails. It gently enforces encapsulation, an intuitive code structure and gives you an object-oriented architecture. In a nutshell: Trailblazer makes you write logicless models that purely act as data objects, don't contain callbacks, nested attributes, validations or domain logic. It removes bulky controllers and strong_parameters by supplying additional layers to hold that code and completely replaces helpers.
Cocoa Touch (iOS) and Trailblazer can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.
"Backed by Apple" is the primary reason why developers consider Cocoa Touch (iOS) over the competitors, whereas "Trailblazer allows creating sane, large apps in Rails" was stated as the key factor in picking Trailblazer.
Trailblazer is an open source tool with 2.91K GitHub stars and 129 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Trailblazer's open source repository on GitHub.
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