When might you want to use it?
Using ActiveResource.js is beneficial, and actually recommended too, when you want to build a custom library or a library for your custom API. This is helpful because instead of writing a few lines of code every time and doing all the hard work yourself you can use ActiveResource to interact with the API. Also, using it you will not be wasting precious system resources while, for example, performing CRUD operations. On top of that, if you are a company that released its API, developers using the API will increase, and having them manually perform tasks would not be the best approach. Plus, managing this in the future will take a lot of time and effort.
So, to let users use your API to develop custom web apps as they need while keeping the API easy to use using ActiveResource.js would be a better approach. It will not only be beneficial for the development community as it will lessen the time building custom code and have them write less code, but also be great for your business.
ORM stands for object-relational mapping, it is a system that performs CRUD operations on objects without intervening with the object’s relation to the data source.
So, ActiveResource is a resource relational mapping library that helps you create impactful code that will cut down the continuous and endless struggle to write custom code for every API connection. Save your time and money, save time developers have to spend, and write code that allows you to access and manipulate API resources as well as relationships easily.
ActiveResource Working Principles
Interaction of APIs with the server and the software is smooth with ActiveResource.js compared to other approaches like developing custom requests for each operation or using software like Backbone.
You might be wondering how ActiveResource does that. For developers to access and manipulate resource relationships and objects easily, it constructs the requests developers put in and then collects responses. Those responses are formatted to convert them into resources that can be understood and have meaning, which is then presented on the front end.
It sets up a base class which can be made into a subclass to set up a mapping between any new class and the existing API resources available. There are two ways the resources of the new class and already available ones connect with each other. The first is via the interaction from the client side and the second is by forwarding the requests to persist the association on the server.
ActiveResource principles are inspired by Ruby on Rails Active Record which is ROR’s ORM. ActiveResource’s working principles and libraries work and interact with the database, for cases that require connection and interaction with the client side, in the same way.
Further, you can read through ActiveResrource’s GitHub Readme guide and make the setup yourself. Or, if you are not a technical person and do not want to get into a technical mess to prevent messing things up further you can get help from the developer.
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