What is GraphQL

Published: 30. Aug 20

GraphQL is an open-source query language developed by Facebook. This language provides an efficient way to design, create, and use APIs, and GraphQL is essentially an alternative to REST.

It is a query language for Application Programmable Interfaces (API), which basically means that you can access data and request specific actions with GraphQL.

GraphQL has many features such as the following:

  • You write the data you like and get exactly the data you want. You do not need to fetch too much information as is usual in REST.
  • GraphQL gives developers a single endpoint and you don‘t need a version 2 or version 3 for the same API.
  • GraphQL has "strongly-typed" and can be used to create a valid query within the GraphQL system before execution.
  • GraphQL helps build powerful APIs

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