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Johann Dowa

Open Source: Restkit Library For Easier Communication With RESTful Web Services

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Communicating web services can be a pain on iOS.  Some of the Cocoa classes for web communication are not available which doesn’t help.  Fortunately there are a number of open source projects that have made things easier for communicating with web services in Objective-C.

One such project is Restkit, and what Restkit provides is a very high level framework for communicating with RESTful services.  Restkit works on the iOS and Mac OS X platforms.  What really makes Restkit different from the similar projects out there is simpler usage syntax, and direct integration with Core Data so you can easily persist remotely loaded objects locally.

There are some great examples on Git included with Restkit demonstrating usage with a message board built in Ruby on Rails, an example of how to communicate with Twitter, and a step by step tutorial demonstrating commonly used functionality.

You can find the homepage of Restkit here:
Restkit

The Github project can be found here:
https://github.com/RestKit/RestKit

Looks like a great framework for those looking to integrate Restful web services into their apps as quickly as possible.

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