acts_as_api makes creating XML/JSON responses in Rails 3 easy and fun.
It provides a simple interface to determine the representation of your model data, that should be rendered in your API responses.
In addition to Rails it theoretically can be used with any ruby app and any database (ActiveRecord and Mongoid are supported out of the box) as it only has few dependencies.
acts_as_api enriches the models and controllers of your app in a Rails-like way so you can easily determine how your API responses should look like:
class User < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_api api_accessible :public do |template| template.add :first_name template.add :age end api_accessible :private do |template| template.add :first_name template.add :last_name template.add :age template.add :birthday end end
A nice introduction about acts_as_api with examples can be found here:
See the Wiki for a lot of usage examples and features:
DRY templates for your api responses
Easy but very flexible syntax for defining the templates
XML, JSON and JSON-P support out of the box, easy to extend
Support for Rails 3 Responders
Minimal dependecies (you can also use it without Rails)
Ships with support for ActiveRecord and Mongoid
Supports multiple api rendering templates per model. This is especially useful for API versioning or for example for private vs. public access points to a user’s profile.
ActiveModel (>= 3.0.0)
ActiveSupport (>= 3.0.0)
Rack (>= 1.1.0)
Found a bug? github.com/fabrik42/acts_as_api/issues
But it just should work fine with other versions too… :)
Note that upgrading to 0.3.0 will break code that worked with previous versions due to a complete overhaul of the lib. For a legacy version of this readme file look here: github.com/fabrik42/acts_as_api/wiki/legacy-acts_as_api-0.2-readme
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