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Summer Internship Series at Zesty.io, Post Four: It All Connects

This is the fourth article in a series by our summer intern, Ronak.

The past week at Zesty.io, I've been working on writing connectors for the platform. As you may know, Zesty.io features strong, robust endpoints that allow you to consume content from your instance. This week, I set out to create connectors for Ruby on Rails and React.

Having never used Ruby before, I spent many hours trying to install the proper version of Ruby to work with the Rails plugins I was using. Thankfully, I discovered rvm, which is a command line utility similar to nvm. What I've found with working with different platforms every week is that it becomes less about the coding or even the process, as everything blends together and you're only left looking at syntaxual differences. It's super cool to jump from Javascript to Swift to Ruby, although the logic I'm using is always the same.

Creating each connector usually involves the same process: First, I examine the problem and decide where I want to load in my content. Second, I load in content from Zesty.io to where I want it. Third, I put it all together and save my connection code! In just 3 easy steps, you're able to connect content from Zesty.io to your integration.

Additionally, each connector I make can be used by businesses in so many ways. For example, you could load in content using React to build a web app, making it so that you can edit the content remotely (via Zesty).

I also started working on writing proper documentation for the connectors I'd been working on, and I discovered this fantastic tool called Gitbook. (Gitbook, if you're listening, I'd love a t-shirt!)

By Ronak Shah

My name is Ronak Shah, and I’m a software developer and designer based in Southern California. I’m currently an incoming freshman to UC San Diego, majoring in Computer Science and interning with Zesty.io for the summer.

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