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GraphQL or REST API for 2024 and beyond?

On a quest to optimize WebCrumbs, I find myself at a crossroads. The path ahead forks into two: one leads towards the time-tested REST API, while the other beckons with the promise of the new age GraphQL.

The decision isn’t just about today or tomorrow, but about setting a foundation that resists the changes of time.

I’m reaching out to the community for insights, to understand which of these APIs would be a worthy companion in the journey of WebCrumbs.

Laying the groundwork: understanding REST and GraphQL

REST (Representational State Transfer) API is like an old compass, reliable and has been guiding developers for years. On the flip side, GraphQL is akin to a modern GPS, flexible and provides precisely what you ask for. Too harsh, hu?

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REST API: the reliable compass

REST APIs have been known for their speed and efficiency, especially when handling large amounts of data. They excel in robust authentication and caching of web services, making them an ideal choice for many web projects.

pros of REST API:

  • Simplicity: Easy to understand and implement.
  • Standardization: Follows well-defined conventions.
  • Scalability: Scales well with growing projects.

cons of REST API:

  • Over-fetching/Under-fetching: Sometimes you get more or less data than needed.
  • Multiple Requests: Requires more requests to gather all necessary data.

GraphQL: the modern GPS

GraphQL, being a newer technology, uses a single endpoint to respond to queries, providing a modern design style.

It's generally considered more efficient and flexible than REST, making data retrieval a breeze with a single request.

pros of GraphQL:

  • Efficiency: Fetch exactly the data you need.
  • Single Request: Get all your data in a single query.
  • Real-time Updates: Supports real-time updates with subscriptions.

cons of GraphQL:

  • Learning Curve: Takes time to master the moves.
  • Complexity: Can be overkill for simple projects.

Join the Conversation to share your thoughts on the usage of GraphQL in modern projects.

Seeking the community’s counsel

I am intrigued to know which of these dance partners you’d recommend for the journey ahead with WebCrumbs. The focus is on building a robust yet flexible infrastructure that will stand the test of time.

Your insights could light the path forward, and together we can make an informed decision that will shape the trajectory of WebCrumbs.

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I wonder if I should also consider the popularity of each one, since it’s an open source project. What do you think? And does GraphQL have a large enough community?