There’s a better way to build APIs than REST
Gone are the days of frontend developers asking backend teams for new endpoints (or changes to existing ones). How did 8base make this possible? By incorporating GraphQL.
Just in time for holidays, we're rolling out an exciting new way to explore and build your GraphQL queries in our API Explorer!
With this release, you'll be able to click your way through any part of your API, quickly building powerful queries, mutations, and subscriptions. Below is an example where a parameterized SignUp mutation gets built in just a few seconds.
It's already live in the 8base dashboard. Try it here!
For those of you interested in the tech behind the tools, our visual explorer is based on OneGraph's GraphiQL Explorer, with some custom additions and polish so it fits in seamlessly with 8base.
The Explorer analyzes your custom 8base GraphQL schema and builds the visual tree. As you navigate through your API and add/remove fields, the Explorer parses the underlying AST (abstract-syntax tree) to extract the operations you've already built up in the panel, and then adds/removes fields in the query.
All that said, we've put in a lot of deep technical work in order to create the developer experience our users told us they need to be maximally productive!
To date, 8base has built a platform that:
Each release is the result of our team sitting down with our users, watching them build the apps that power their business, and finding where 8base can give them super-powers. With every release at 8base, we ask ourselves "How will this give our users super-powers?"
Today's release is no different: the visual explorer we've embedded in our API explorer lets you explore, understand, and build one your 8base API faster than ever before.
If you're curious to read more about the motivating use-cases for the new visual explorer, you can read the original post on the OneGraph Blog, check out the improvements in the past few months, or even see a sneak preview of some of the new features currently in the works.
Many thanks to the OneGraph team who worked with us to make the visual explorer experience smooth for all of our 8base users!