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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.

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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    Decisions about Falcor and GraphQL
    Collins  Ogbuzuru
    Collins Ogbuzuru
    Front-end dev at One shirt | 8 upvotes 13.5K views
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Prisma
    Prisma
    AWS Lambda
    AWS Lambda

    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.

    Reasons :

    GraphQL :

    1. GraphQL makes fetching of data less painful and organised.

    2. GraphQL gives you 100% assurance on data you getting back as opposed to the Rest design .

    3. 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 )

    Prisma :

    1. 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.

    2. 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 :)

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    Divine Bawa
    Divine Bawa
    at PayHub Ghana Limited | 13 upvotes 123K views
    Node.js
    Node.js
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    MySQL
    MySQL
    Prisma
    Prisma
    graphql-yoga
    graphql-yoga
    React
    React
    styled-components
    styled-components
    Next.js
    Next.js
    Apollo
    Apollo

    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.

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    Johnny Bell
    Johnny Bell
    Senior Software Engineer at StackShare | 9 upvotes 123.6K views
    atStackShareStackShare
    jQuery
    jQuery
    React
    React
    ES6
    ES6
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    MobX
    MobX
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Apollo
    Apollo
    #Hooks馃帲
    #Context

    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).

    We've mainly been using React, ES6 and JavaScript on the frontend to build out the components, and we've been slowly removing some legacy MobX and using GraphQL and Apollo for our state management, if we need to control state further than GraphQL and Apollo allows us to we use just plain React with #context , or the new fancy React #hooks馃帲 .

    As we've moved towards the above tech, its really made smashing out new features and updating legacy code super fast, and really fun!

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    Malthe J酶rgensen
    Malthe J酶rgensen
    CTO at Peergrade | 13 upvotes 55.7K views
    atPeergradePeergrade
    PostgreSQL
    PostgreSQL
    Django
    Django
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Graphene
    Graphene
    Amazon RDS
    Amazon RDS

    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 .

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    Seun Kola
    Seun Kola
    CTO at Virtualrobe Limited | 7 upvotes 9.6K views
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    React
    React
    Prisma
    Prisma
    Apollo
    Apollo

    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).

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    Seun Kola
    Seun Kola
    CTO at Virtualrobe Limited | 2 upvotes 8K views
    React
    React
    React Native
    React Native
    Prisma
    Prisma
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Apollo
    Apollo
    ExpressJS
    ExpressJS

    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.

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    Munkhtegsh Munkhbat
    Munkhtegsh Munkhbat
    Software Engineer Consultant at LoanSnap | 9 upvotes 26.4K views
    graphql-yoga
    graphql-yoga
    Prisma
    Prisma
    PostgreSQL
    PostgreSQL
    styled-components
    styled-components
    Heroku
    Heroku
    React
    React
    Apollo
    Apollo
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    #Backend
    #Frontend

    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.

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    Michael Mota
    Michael Mota
    CEO & Founder at AlterEstate | 6 upvotes 13.7K views
    atAlterEstateAlterEstate
    Graphene
    Graphene
    Django
    Django
    GraphQL
    GraphQL

    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 .

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    Michael Mota
    Michael Mota
    CEO & Founder at AlterEstate | 4 upvotes 1.4K views
    Django
    Django
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Graphene
    Graphene
    Next.js
    Next.js

    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).

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    How developers use Falcor and GraphQL
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    jasonmjohnson uses GraphQLGraphQL

    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.

    Avatar of Nick De Cooman
    Nick De Cooman uses GraphQLGraphQL

    Applied GraphQL in a side-project I'm currently working on. Using the Apollo GraphQL implementation for both server-side and React client.

    Avatar of Hevelop
    Hevelop uses GraphQLGraphQL

    From Magento 2.3 GraphQL is provider by a core implementation, this is used to implement PWA frontend.

    Avatar of Told
    Told uses GraphQLGraphQL

    We use GraphQL as our transport standard for all API calls.