GraphQL was developed by Facebook in 2012 to power up its mobile apps. Since open-sourcing GraphQL specification in 2015, it gained a lot of popularity and is now used by many development teams, including giants like GitHub, Twitter or Airbnb. Why so? And what exactly is a GraphQL? Let’s take a look.
GraphQL is a query language for APIs and a runtime for fulfilling those queries with your existing data. GraphQL provides a complete and understandable description of the data in your API, gives clients the power to ask the server for what is exactly needed, which will result in the response containing only the requested data, nothing more.
The GraphQL idea arose in the time of the mobile boom and its main goal for GraphQL was to solve many of the shortcomings and inefficiencies that Facebook mobile app developers experienced while working with REST API.
Source: GraphQL: The Documentary
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