What Is GraphQL and Why Should You Care? The Future of APIs


“We’re going GraphQL, we’re replacing everything with GraphQL”  — Sid Sijbrandij, GitLab founder and CEO

GraphQL is an open source technology created by Facebook that is getting a fair bit of attention of late. It is set to make a major impact on how APIs are designed.

As is so often the case with these things, it’s not terribly well named. It sounds like a general purpose query language for graph traversal, am I right? Something like Cypher.

It isn’t. The name is a little deceptive. GraphQL is about graphs if you see everything as graphs, but reading the the excellent, crisp docs GraphQL is primarily about designing your APIs more effectively, and being more specific about access to your data sources.

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