GraphQL vs REST: обзор

Phil Sturgeon, “GraphQL vs REST: Overview”, public translation into English from English More about this translation.

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If you need a highly query-able API, expect an array of clients that need small and different data, and can restructure your data to be inexpensive to query, then GraphQL is likely to fit your needs.

Beyond these various pros and cons for GraphQL listed above, what I really enjoy about GraphQL being an option, is having a new alternative to REST when considering an API. An alternative that is well documented, with a full specification, with a lovely marketing page, with an official reference implementation in JavaScript, and which avoids some of the tricky design choices REST forces you to make.

I like that many folks will no longer treat REST like a shiny unicorn, struggle to implement REST properly, then call it REST just so they look good and have a ✅ for their marketing. I just hope that not too many people treat GraphQL like a shiny unicorn instead.

Swapping one false idol for another isn't going to make the API world a better place.

If you're into APIs, I've written a whole book called Build APIs You Won't Hate, and it's available in ebook or paperback form! If programming books normally bore the crap out of you, this book is for you.

I'm available for consulting if you want help making your APIs more gooder. Half of the money goes to the ACLU, and the other half goes towards my green card. Fuck Trump ✊.

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