GraphQL is becoming the new standard for data-driven applications. So you’ve been constructing and using REST API’s for quite some time now and short while ago started hearing about GraphQL — a new hype in the field of API technologies. Some says it’s good, some says it’s not. Well, I am pretty sure you all must be wondering about what this GraphQL fuss is all about and how it’s different from the traditional approach. The purpose of this article is to highlight the major features associated with GraphQL along with discussing the significant pros and cons associated with this particular API specification. It is an open-source data query and manipulation language for APIs, and a revolutionary way of thinking about communication between our client and the server. GraphQL provides a complete and understandable description of the data in your API, gives clients the power to ask for exactly what they need and nothing more, makes it easier to evolve APIs over time, and enables powerful developer tools. In short, you should use a GraphQL client for tasks that are repetitive and agnostic to the app you’re building. For example, being able to send queries and mutations without having to worry about lower-level networking details or maintaining a local cache. This is functionality you’ll want in any frontend application that’s talking to a GraphQL server - why build it yourself when you can use any of the amazing GraphQL clients out there? The best part is the language isn’t dependent on any specific database management system and is actually supported by your current data and coding.
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