What is GraphQL?

A front-end developer's best friend.



GraphQL is a new architectural element that eliminates the need for frontend teams to repeatedly ask backend teams for new endpoints.

Benefits of GraphQL

A powerful, API-based query language

  • Created by Facebook, implemented in their mobile app in 2012 and open-sourced in 2015. It is rapidly becoming the standard for API-based data access.

  • Typical REST APIs require loading from multiple URLs, GraphQL APIs get all the data your app needs in a single request. Apps using GraphQL can be quick even on slow cellular connections.

 What is GraphQL API

It puts the power of data access into the hands of front-end developers

  • GraphQL allows front-end developers to query and mutate the data without having to make requests for custom endpoints to back-end developers.

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GraphQL is fully typed (self-described)

  • GraphQL APIs are organized in terms of the data they provision, not endpoints. Developers can access the full capabilities of their data from a single endpoint. GraphQL uses types to ensure apps only ask for what’s possible and provide clear and helpful errors.

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REST no longer gets it done for modern applications

  • GraphQL’s dynamic query capabilities virtually eliminates an entire class of software development dedicated to parsing RESTful APIs to meet custom application development needs.

  • REST forces incessant coordination of efforts between front-end (client) & back-end (services) teams, which dramatically slows development & increases the stress level of all involved. GraphQL changes the game for both front-end & back-end teams.

Leading organizations are using GraphQL

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