This is the last article in the “Uploading with Rails” series. In the past couple of months we have already discussed the Shrine, Dragonfly, and Carrierwave gems. Today’s guest is Paperclip by Thoughtbot, a company which manages gems such as FactoryGirl and Bourbon.

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This is another article in the “Uploading with Rails” series. Today we are going to meet Carrierwave—one of the most popular file uploading solutions for Rails. I like Carrierwave because it is easy to get started, it has lots of features out of the box, and it provides dozens of “how to” articles written by the members of the community, so you won’t get lost.

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Nowadays it is a common practice to rely heavily on APIs (application programming interfaces). Not only big services like Facebook and Twitter employ them—APIs are very popular due to the spread of client-side frameworks like React, Angular, and many others. Ruby on Rails is following this trend, and the latest version presents a new feature allowing you to create API-only applications.

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