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Rails Vs. The Client

by Noel Rappin

Published April 30, 2013 in Technology

Two completely different ways have emerged for using Rails as the back end to a rich client-side JavaScript application.
* The 37Signals "Russian Doll" approach, where the server generally returns HTML to the client. This approach uses aggressive caching and a little bit of JavaScript glue to keep the application fast.
* The "Rails API" approach, where the server generally returns JSON to the client, and a JavaScript MVC framework handles the actual display.
Which of these will work for you?