Although you find the most of the following tips by simple googling or visiting the ActiveResource documentation, I just wanted to outline them on one single page again (mostly because of my obliviousness).
Enable logging of ActiveResource actions
Add the following to your environment.rb :
ActiveResource::Base.logger = ActiveRecord::Base.logger
Set different resource name
Sometimes you already have a model (e.g. ActiveRecord model) with the same name and you need to name your ActiveResource model differently. You can simply set the name of the remote resource by setting the element_name property.
class ProjectResource < ActiveResource::Base self.site = "http://www.yourserviceendpoint.com" self.element_name = "project" end
Set different resource format
To use a different resource format instead of the json default just add to you model:
self.format = :xml
Set HTTP header fields
For adding you own HTTP headers, which is sometimes needed for e.g. authentication via access tokens, you can set them at class level like the following:
class ProjectResource < ActiveResource::Base self.site = "http://www.yourserviceendpoint.com" self.element_name = "project" # Set headers in global context headers['X-ACCESS-TOKEN'] = 'YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN' end