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Discussion on: Reflecting on a year with Node.js and why I should have stuck with Laravel

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Tyler Smith Author

Thanks for reading the article, Vero!

The biggest feature that drew me to server-side JavaScript was code-sharing. I liked the idea of being able to share TypeScript interfaces on both the server and the client. Now that I'm using Laravel as my back-end again, keeping REST API changes in sync with the front-end interfaces is a challenge.

Server-side React rendering and fear of missing out were the other reasons I used Node. I'm glad I gained a new skillset in the process, and I'm sure it'll come in handy someday.

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CircleCurve

If rest api changes in sync that is your problem, I think you can take a look of graphql. GraphQL is a schema that define a standard of how the client communicate with your server. All api will consolidate with one url and data format is like a graph
Something like that

{
   user : 1 {
       id 
       name
   }
}
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If your server side schema change, your client don't need to worry about more calling more and more api.

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Tyler Smith Author

Thanks for the suggestion, CircleCurve!

I've used client-side GraphQL from a React app before. It was fine.

On the server, it sounds like it would add a lot of complexity outside of simple CRUD apps. REST API endpoints have a predictable code execution path and can be separated into distinct concerns. I don't know how that looks on the server for GraphQL, especially when performing validations, triggering side-effects, etc.

I know it's possible, and maybe it's easier than I'm thinking. It just feels like I'd be moving a lot of complexity from the front-end to the back-end, and since I'm already working on both, I don't see a big advantage.

If I were on a team of 20+ engineers with people only working on the front-end and only working on the back-end, GraphQL would be extremely appealing though.