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GraphQL as an API Gateway to Microservices

GraphQL was released to the public back in 2015, and like an animal raised in captivity, its first steps out in the wild were timid and went largely unnoticed. By now, however, it has garnered some major buzz, and with good reason: it solves some of the trickiest problems that are inherent in standard REST API architecture. Specifically, GraphQL allows ...

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Does GraphQL Reduce the Need for Documentation?

Before we begin, note that this post isn’t intended as an introduction to GraphQL. For a beginner’s guide, I suggest Derek Haynes’ Codeship post or howtographql.com. As a technical writer, I was intrigued by the claim that GraphQL reduces the time you need to spend on documenting an API and reduces the amount of documentation your application needs. I wanted ...

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An Introduction to GraphQL via the GitHub API

RESTful, JSON-delivering APIs are today’s default choice when building an API. However, there’s a new API kid on the block that’s generating considerable attention: GraphQL. GraphQL is an entirely new way to consume and build APIs. Done right, you can build wonderfully tight integrations that aren’t possible with REST APIs. Today, we’ll get firsthand exposure to GraphQL via the GitHub ...

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