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Discussion on: To GraphQL or not to GraphQL? Pros and Cons

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pjotre86 • Edited on

Awesome introduction and comparison, thanks alot!
I've been creating plenty of REST APIs and can totally feel the pain points you mentioned!
Am I correct when I say that your suggesting that GraphQL is a better fit for monolithic backends than for a (micro)-service architecture?
Or is there something which can present a multitude of services with their own (REST)APIs as a single GraphQL API?

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GraphQL works great with a microservice architecture as well. In the end, GraphQL is just the API layer. It works great as kind of a thin API gateway that is responsible for routing the requests to the corresponding backend services.

Here's a 30 minute video of Steven Luscher showing how to do that:

Facebook is obviously not a monolith and that is what GraphQL was initially invented for.

I would just make sure to batch as much as possible and put those limits in place as mentioned in the article so you don't overwhelm your micro services.