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Falcon vs GraphQL: What are the differences?

What is Falcon? High-performance Python framework for building cloud APIs and web app backends. Falcon is a minimalist WSGI library for building speedy web APIs and app backends. We like to think of Falcon as the Dieter Rams of web frameworks.

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.

Falcon belongs to "Microframeworks (Backend)" category of the tech stack, while GraphQL can be primarily classified under "Query Languages".

Some of the features offered by Falcon are:

  • Intuitive routing via URI templates and resource classes
  • Easy access to headers and bodies through request and response classes
  • Idiomatic HTTP error responses via a handy exception base class

On the other hand, GraphQL provides the following key features:

  • Hierarchical
  • Product-centric
  • Client-specified queries

"Python" is the top reason why over 7 developers like Falcon, while over 61 developers mention "Schemas defined by the requests made by the user" as the leading cause for choosing GraphQL.

Falcon and GraphQL are both open source tools. It seems that GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 752 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Falcon with 6.74K GitHub stars and 700 GitHub forks.

StackShare, Twitter, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use GraphQL, whereas Falcon is used by HENNGE, Fivestars, and Vokal. GraphQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 541 company stacks & 715 developers stacks; compared to Falcon, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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Pros of Falcon
Pros of GraphQL
  • 13
    Python
  • 11
    FAST
  • 10
    Minimal
  • 8
    REST oriented
  • 8
    Well designed
  • 8
    Open source
  • 6
    Powerful
  • 6
    Really Light Weight
  • 5
    Easy to develop and maintain applications
  • 4
    Documentation
  • 3
    Easy to deploy
  • 3
    Easy to get started
  • 2
    Its simple while not limited
  • 1
    Faster
  • 0
    Kkk
  • 69
    Schemas defined by the requests made by the user
  • 62
    Will replace RESTful interfaces
  • 59
    The future of API's
  • 47
    The future of databases
  • 12
    Self-documenting
  • 11
    Get many resources in a single request
  • 5
    Ask for what you need, get exactly that
  • 4
    Query Language
  • 3
    Evolve your API without versions
  • 3
    Fetch different resources in one request
  • 3
    Type system
  • 2
    GraphiQL
  • 2
    Ease of client creation
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Good for apps that query at build time. (SSR/Gatsby)
  • 1
    Backed by Facebook
  • 1
    Easy to learn
  • 1
    "Open" document
  • 1
    Better versioning
  • 1
    Standard
  • 1
    1. Describe your data
  • 1
    Fast prototyping

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Cons of Falcon
Cons of GraphQL
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    • 3
      Hard to migrate from GraphQL to another technology
    • 3
      More code to type.
    • 1
      Works just like any other API at runtime
    • 1
      Takes longer to build compared to schemaless.

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    What is Falcon?

    Falcon is a minimalist WSGI library for building speedy web APIs and app backends. We like to think of Falcon as the Dieter Rams of web frameworks.

    What is GraphQL?

    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.

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