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When to Use GraphQL VS REST?

I am working on the architecture of a CRM type app and I was wondering if we should use GraphQL since there is a lot of data fetching.

author Tiago Ferreira

12 Answers

Depends on how you are going to implement both serving and fetching GraphQL.

Backend: define the whole schema and resolvers many vs something like KeystoneJS?

Frontend: define all queries and types and whatnot manually, or use some adapter with a layer like

A lot of trade-offs.

If I don’t need to build higher-level abstractions on top of the API, I’d always roll with ad-hoc REST. :slightly_smiling_face:

Also, is it just an API for your own needs or I expect it to become public at some point? The answer has a huge effect too. People would hate you if you only have GraphQL, imho.

writen by Kirill Rogovoy

This is for a client and they want to make a product out of it

writen by Tiago Ferreira

I don’t know all the details, but I’d roll with REST by default. It also means that the barrier of entry for others is lower.

If other devs will be implementing it, I’d look into their experience first and consult with them if possible. Maybe they are GraphQL ninjas.

writen by Kirill Rogovoy

If you don’t know GraphQL really well, you should stick with REST API. GQL can become really mess after some time. 3rd alternative is TRPC

writen by Dobroslav Radosavljevič

Also really depends on use-cases. Big companies use GQL because they have experts focusing only on it.

We use GQL at my work and it’s mess for me 😊 I really like REST

writen by Dobroslav Radosavljevič

+1 for trpc! Never used it, but gonna try it the next time it’s applicable

writen by Kirill Rogovoy

Trpc? What is that Kirill Rogovoy?

writen by Tiago Ferreira

Type-safe way of communication between frontend and backend

writen by Dobroslav Radosavljevič

Tha ks for the feedback Dobroslav Radosavljevič. I like to learn on the job though. So if it would make sense I would like to try it and learn it. So does GQL replace rest? Is the idea for the frontend to communicate with the DB with GQL without any intervention of a Rest API?

writen by Tiago Ferreira

Yes, it’s complete replacement. GraphQL only uses POST requests to backend to make things happen

writen by Dobroslav Radosavljevič| I learn a lot from this guy. He worked at Twitch, now he is making his own VC backed startup|

He explains dev things and how they work + compare

writen by Dobroslav Radosavljevič

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