is a query language
for APIs. It enables declarative data fetching and thus ties in perfectly with React as a declarative framework for building user interfaces. GraphQL can either complement or entirely replace the usage of REST APIs.
The main difference between REST and GraphQL is that RESTful APIs have multiple endpoints that return fixed data structures whereas a GraphQL server only exposes a single endpoint and returns flexible data structures. This works because a client that needs data from the server also submits its precise data requirements in each request which allows the server to tailor the response exactly according to the client’s needs.
You can learn more about the differences between GraphQL and REST here
. To get a high-level overview and understand more about the architectural use cases of GraphQL, take a look at this
Community & Resources
GraphQL has a rapidly growing community. To stay up-to-date about everything that’s happening in the GraphQL ecosystem, check out these resources:
For an in-depth learning experience, visit the How to GraphQL
fullstack tutorial website.