February 12, 2020 by Tomek
We are digital explores. We love to work on cutting-edge technologies & new frameworks. That’s a fact. GraphQL is definitely one of those but when it comes to implementing new tech in commercial projects you need to convince your team or Lead Developer that it’s worth giving a shot.
How to do it? It obviously not that easy. First of all, you need to explain what exactly is GraphQL and how your project would benefit from it. Then you need to answer some questions … a lot of questions!
GraphQL is a data query language and execution engine open-sourced by Facebook in 2015. Its main benefit is that it works with any backend service. GraphQL API is a new architectural approach that heavily reduces the size of your API & the number of API calls.
REST no longer gets it done. This observation was made by the Facebook team back in 2012 working on Facebook mobile apps. Standard REST APIs require the frontend team to call multiple URLs to fetch all the data they need, GraphQL uses only one endpoint which results in better performance on slow cellular connections which is still a very important issue.
Where to start? GraphQL is an interesting approach with much to offer. There are a lot of pros of GraphQL you can pitch to your team. These should do the job:
GraphQL is no different from any other service end-point. As long as you will follow some of the basic security good-practices you can sleep soundly.
The GraphQL Editor is a supportive tool for both advanced GraphQL users as well as those taking their first steps with GraphQL APIs. Our all-in-one development environment for GraphQL will help you build, manage & deploy your GraphQL API much faster thanks to dozens of built-in micro features. Its graphical interface will also fix communication within your product team. Visualization is the key!