ReactFoo 2019

ReactFoo 2019

A gathering of over 250 web and mobile developers working with React

Abhay Nikam


Transition from REST APIs to GraphQL

Submitted Feb 12, 2019

Abstract: REST APIs are used in almost all the web and mobile applications today. Using REST APIs has some disadvantages which cost the application. In this talk, we will walk through some of the use cases where REST APIs failed for us and discuss how moving away from REST to GraphQL helped us solve the problems.


REST APIs is the best way to communicate the data from the server to the client. Following strict REST design principles is the best way to start with the application but as the application size grows following these principle’s affects the performance of the application. The another solution is to write down custom REST endpoints, but it has it own sets of problems.

GraphQL is a solution developed by Facebook to build APIs to communicate over HTTP. GraphQL overcomes limitation of the REST APIs.

In this talk, we can walk through how these limitation are overcome.



Speaker bio

Abhay is a Ruby on Rails and Frontend developer. He is passionate about learning new technologies and tries to contribute to the open-source community. Abhay loves basketball and is a huge fan of Golden State Warriors NBA team. He also loves travelling and playing outdoor sports like basketball, cricket.


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