Django vs GraphQL: What are the differences?
What is Django? The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines. Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
What is GraphQL? A data query language and runtime. GraphQL is a data query language and runtime designed and used at Facebook to request and deliver data to mobile and web apps since 2012.
Django can be classified as a tool in the "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category, while GraphQL is grouped under "Query Languages".
"Rapid development", "Open source" and "Great community" are the key factors why developers consider Django; whereas "Schemas defined by the requests made by the user", "Will replace RESTful interfaces" and "The future of API's" are the primary reasons why GraphQL is favored.
Django and GraphQL are both open source tools. Django with 42.6K GitHub stars and 18.3K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 GitHub forks.
Instagram, Pinterest, and Udemy are some of the popular companies that use Django, whereas GraphQL is used by Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Django has a broader approval, being mentioned in 993 company stacks & 914 developers stacks; compared to GraphQL, which is listed in 561 company stacks and 750 developer stacks.
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Around the time of their Series A, Pinterest’s stack included Python and Django, with Tornado and Node.js as web servers. Memcached / Membase and Redis handled caching, with RabbitMQ handling queueing. Nginx, HAproxy and Varnish managed static-delivery and load-balancing, with persistent data storage handled by MySQL.
In late 2015, following the Series G, Pinterest began migrating their web experience to React, primarily because they “found React rendered faster than our previous template engine, had fewer obstacles to iterating on features and had a large developer community.”
The legacy setup consistent of Django, Python and Jinja on the backend, with Nunjucks handling template rendering on the client side. They wanted to move to React for handling template rendering across the board, but if they “switched the client-side rendering engine from Nunjucks to React, [they’d] also have to switch [their] server-side rendering, so they could share the same template syntax.”
Now, when a user agent makes a request, a latent module render requests that it needs data via an API call. Concurrently, a separate network call is made “to a co-located Node process to render the template as far as it can go with the data that it has.”
Node then responds with rendered templates, and along with a “holes” array to indicate what data was still needed to complete the render. Finally, the Python webapp makes an API call to fetch the remaining data, and each module is sent back to Node as completely independent module requests/in parallel/.
With this framework in place, Pinterest developers are in the process of replacing Nunjucks code with React components throughout the codebase.
We are starting to build one shirt data logic, structure and as an online clothing store we believe good ux and ui is a goal to drive a lot of click through. The problem is, how do we fetch data and how do we abstract the gap between the Front-end devs and backend-devs as we are just two in the technical unit. We decided to go for GraphQL as our application-layer tool and Prisma for our database-layer abstracter.
GraphQL makes fetching of data less painful and organised.
GraphQL gives you 100% assurance on data you getting back as opposed to the Rest design .
GraphQL comes with a bunch of real-time functionality in form of. subscriptions and finally because we are using React (GraphQL is not React demanding, it's doesn't require a specific framework, language or tool, but it definitely makes react apps fly )
Writing revolvers can be fun, but imagine writing revolvers nested deep down, curry braces flying around. This is sure a welcome note to bugs and as a small team we need to focus more on what that matters more. Prisma generates this necessary CRUD resolves, mutations and subscription out of the box.
We don't really have much budget at the moment so we are going to run our logic in a scalable cheap and cost effective cloud environment. Oh! It's AWS Lambda and deploying our schema to Lambda is our best bet to minimize cost and same time scale.
We are still at development stage and I believe, working on this start up will increase my dev knowledge. Off for Lunch :)
Since 2011 our frontend was in Django monolith. However, in 2016 we decide to separate #Frontend from Django for independent development and created the custom isomorphic app based on Node.js and React. Now we realized that not need all abilities of the server, and it is sufficient to generate a static site. Gatsby is suitable for our purposes. We can generate HTML from markdown and React views very simply. So, we are updating our frontend to Gatsby now, and maybe we will use Netlify for deployment soon. This will speed up the delivery of new features to production.
Zulip has been powered by Django since the very early days of its development with Django 1.4, back in 2012. As a reasonably mature web application with significant scale, we're at the stage in many companies' development where one starts to rip out more and more of the web framework to optimize things or just make them work the way we want. (E.g. while I was at Dropbox in early 2016, we discovered we only had about 600 lines of code left from the original Pylons framework that actually ran).
One of the things that has been really fantastic about Django is that we're still happily using it for the vast majority of code in the project, and every time Django comes out with a new release, I read the changelog and get excited about several improvements that actually make my life better. While Django has made some design decisions that I don't agree with (e.g. I'm not a fan of Django REST framework, and think it makes life more difficult), Django also makes it easy to do your own thing, which we've done to great effect (see the linked article for details on our
Overall I think we've gotten a ton of value out of Python and Django and would recommend it to anyone starting a new full-featured web application project today.
I just finished a web app meant for a business that offers training programs for certain professional courses. I chose this stack to test out my skills in graphql and react. I used Node.js , GraphQL , MySQL for the #Backend utilizing Prisma as a database interface for MySQL to provide CRUD APIs and graphql-yoga as a server. For the #frontend I chose React, styled-components for styling, Next.js for routing and SSR and Apollo for data management. I really liked the outcome and I will definitely use this stack in future projects.
We are always building new features and replacing old code at StackShare. Lately we have been building out new features for the frontend, and removing a lot of old jQuery code (sorry jQuery but it's time to go).
As we've moved towards the above tech, its really made smashing out new features and updating legacy code super fast, and really fun!
We recently switched from MongoDB and the Python library MongoEngine to PostgreSQL and Django in order to:
- Better leverage GraphQL (using the Graphene library)
- Allow us to use the autogenerated Django admin interface
- Allow better performance due to the way some of our pages present data
- Give us more a mature stack in the form of Django replacing MongoEngine, which we had some issues with in the past.
MongoDB was hosted on mlab, and we now host Postgres on Amazon RDS .
Using GraphQL for queries and mutation on React app and Prisma database is so cool, easy and fast to learn. i often use Apollo client to integrate both ends. Most times working has a frontend developer and trying to build a MVP product quickly requires tools that require less setup on both production and development in order to test functionalities, and using GraphQL for queries surpasses Rest queries for me because of the flexibility in requesting the data you actually need and not requesting the whole dataset everytime.
But in all, Rest is still the king since most public api support its CRUD processes more than GraphQL but lot of top companies are using it and am definitely using it for various project including my recent pet project(Delivery buddy - A platform that allows pair-to-pair delivery service).
Possible pros for Python / Django: - easy syntax, easier to learn for me as a beginner - fast development, earlier release - libraries for mathematical and scientific computation
Which software would you use in my case? Are my arguments for Python/NodeJS right? Which kind of database would you use?
Thank you for your answer!
Have been working on a side project that focuses on sharing economy, allowing users to pickup and deliver groceries for others. Have already started working on the frontend for the web dashboard using React and plan to use React Native for the mobile app. But am in a dilemma, whether to build the backend myself for the MVP or use firebase for the backend. I need advise, has anyone use Firebase for such project and what are the pros and cons, what issues will i faced.
Note: My proposed stack for the backend is a Prisma database, GraphQL , Apollo and ExpressJS
Thanks in advance to everyone.
I really love Django because it is really fast to create a web application from scratch and it has a lot a facilities like the ORM or the Admin module ! The Python language is really easy to read and powerful, that's why I prefer Django over Symfony.
I use Django at work to make tools for the technicians but I also use it for me to build my personal website which I host on PythonAnywhere.
In my last side project, I built a web posting application that has similar features as Facebook and hosted on Heroku. The user can register an account, create posts, upload images and share with others. I took an advantage of graphql-subscriptions to handle realtime notifications in the comments section. Currently, I'm at the last stage of styling and building layouts.
For the #Backend I used graphql-yoga, Prisma, GraphQL with PostgreSQL database. For the #FrontEnd: React, styled-components with Apollo. The app is hosted on Heroku.
We recently implemented GraphQL because we needed to build dynamic reports based on the user preference and configuration, this was extremely complicated with our actual RESTful API, the code started to get harder to maintain but switching to GraphQL helped us to to build beautiful reports for our clients that truly help them make data-driven decisions.
Our goal is to implemented GraphQL in the whole platform eventually, we are using Graphene , a python library for Django .
I've been using Django for quite a long time and in my opinion I would never switch from it. My company is currently using Django with REST framework and a part in GraphQL using Graphene. On the frontend we use Next.js and so far everything has been running quite good. I've found limitations but manage to solve it.
As someone mentioned before, if you are comfortable with Django, don't switch. There's no need since with django you can basically achieve anything. Of course this will depend on the project you want to build, but the scalability and flexibility django can offer it's just out of this world. (Don't want to sound like a fan boy haha but it really is).
Django takes the hassle out of building an enterprise web application using Python.
- admin app for administration
- ORM for deploying against different database vendors
- social auth package for authentication with enterprise IdP
- guardian package for authorization
Our backend was written in Django. We took advantage of the ready-to-go admin interface as a go-to solution for the client to be able to authorize his users, as well as other functionality, while most of the work was done through the Django Rest Framework.
Hands down the best Python web framework I've used. Very easy to extend and add apps and go from 0 to full project quickly and painlessly. I built a fully authenticated project with a single endpoint in less than 30 minutes.
GraphQL will be used as the public API for the data persistence layer. It communicates nicely with all other languages and can provide API responses in the format specified in the request.
정말 편리하고 많은것을 알아서 제공해 주는 프레임워크 이다. 책의 예제만 진행해서 많이 써보지는 못했지만, 쉽게 쉽게 웹을 개발 할 수 있는 점이 매력적 이다. 게다가 orm 이 기본으로 내장 되어 있고 db 도 sqlite 가 기본으로 되어있어. 그냥 django 만 설치하면 바로 웹개발이 가능하다.
django는 저의 무기입니다.
django 이외에 flask로 간단한 restful api를 만들면서 느낀점은 framework 보다 언어가 중요하다는것을 알았고 django가 얼마나 큰 framework인지 알게되었습니다.
저는 signal 사용을 좋아합니다.
Applied GraphQL in a side-project I'm currently working on. Using the Apollo GraphQL implementation for both server-side and React client.
From Magento 2.3 GraphQL is provider by a core implementation, this is used to implement PWA frontend.