After understanding the importance of writing secure code with Rails in our previous article, let’s move on to an equally crucial aspect: Rails Front-end integration.
This will help you achieve seamless interaction between the server (back-end) and the client (front-end) in web applications.
What is Front-end Integration?
Front-end integration, in the context of web applications, refers to the process of combining various front-end technologies with the backend framework.
In simpler terms, it’s all about how the user interface interacts with the server to fetch, display, or manipulate data.
Why Front-end Integration with Rails Matters
Ruby on Rails is lauded for its effectiveness and speed in building robust back-end applications. However, no matter how performant the server-side framework is, the user experience depends largely on the front end.
A smooth integration ensures an appealing, fast, and responsive user interface leading to a better user experience.
Setting up the Front-End Environment in Rails
Here is a simple setup:
rails new myapp --webpack cd myapp bin/rails server (or rails s)
This will create a new Rails app with Webpack configured.
The Webpacker gem makes integration straightforward with commands like:
This installs React within a Rails project.
Creating Interactive UI with AJAX and Rails
Here is a basic example of adding AJAX to a Rails project:
$ rails generate controller ajax demo
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