Falcor vs GraphQL

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Falcor vs GraphQL: What are the differences?

Falcor: A JavaScript library for efficient data fetching, created by Netflix. Falcor lets you represent all your remote data sources as a single domain model via a virtual JSON graph. You code the same way no matter where the data is, whether in memory on the client or over the network on the server; 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.

Falcor and GraphQL are primarily classified as "API" and "Query Languages" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Falcor are:

  • One Model Everywhere
  • The Data is the API
  • Bind to the Cloud

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

  • Hierarchical
  • Product-centric
  • Client-specified queries

Falcor and GraphQL are both open source tools. GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Falcor with 9.36K GitHub stars and 449 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, GraphQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 561 company stacks & 750 developers stacks; compared to Falcor, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

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Pros of Falcor
Pros of GraphQL
  • 2
    Data is the API
  • 2
    One Model Everywhere
  • 2
    Promotes microservices
  • 1
    Bind to the Cloud
  • 1
    Virtual JSON Resource
  • 1
    Simple
  • 1
    Small API
  • 1
    Backed by Netflix
  • 1
    JSON Graph
  • 1
    efficient data fetching
  • 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 Falcor
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 Falcor?

    Falcor lets you represent all your remote data sources as a single domain model via a virtual JSON graph. You code the same way no matter where the data is, whether in memory on the client or over the network on the server.

    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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