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CocoaPods vs Ninject: What are the differences?

What is CocoaPods? A dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects. It 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.

What is Ninject? The ninja of .net dependency injectors. It is a lightning-fast, ultra-lightweight dependency injector for .NET applications. It helps you split your application into a collection of loosely-coupled, highly-cohesive pieces, and then glue them back together in a flexible manner. By using it to support your software's architecture, your code will become easier to write, reuse, test, and modify.

CocoaPods and Ninject can be categorized as "Dependency Management" tools.

Some of the features offered by CocoaPods are:

  • Incremental Installation
  • Support Multiple Swift Versions & Pod Projects
  • Define App Specs for Example Apps

On the other hand, Ninject provides the following key features:

  • Focused
  • Sleek
  • Fast

CocoaPods and Ninject are both open source tools. It seems that CocoaPods with 11.9K GitHub stars and 2.14K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Ninject with 2.25K GitHub stars and 522 GitHub forks.

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What is CocoaPods?

It 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.

What is Ninject?

It is a lightning-fast, ultra-lightweight dependency injector for .NET applications. It helps you split your application into a collection of loosely-coupled, highly-cohesive pieces, and then glue them back together in a flexible manner. By using it to support your software's architecture, your code will become easier to write, reuse, test, and modify.

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What are some alternatives to CocoaPods and Ninject?
Gradle
Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
Cocoa Touch (iOS)
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.
Carthage
It exclusively uses dynamic frameworks instead of static libraries. It's a ruthlessly simple dependency manager for macOS and iOS, created by a group of developers from Github.
Apache Maven
Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
Homebrew
Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t. Homebrew installs packages to their own directory and then symlinks their files into /usr/local.
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