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GraphQL vs JsonAPI: What are the differences?

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.

What is JsonAPI? A specification for building apis in json. t is a format that works with HTTP. A main goal of the specification is to optimize HTTP requests both in terms of the number of requests and the size of data packages exchanged between clients and servers.

GraphQL and JsonAPI can be categorized as "Query Languages" tools.

GraphQL is an open source tool with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 GitHub forks. Here's a link to GraphQL's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, GraphQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 561 company stacks & 750 developers stacks; compared to JsonAPI, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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Pros of GraphQL
Pros of JsonAPI
  • 69
    Schemas defined by the requests made by the user
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    Will replace RESTful interfaces
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    The future of API's
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    The future of databases
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    Self-documenting
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    Get many resources in a single request
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    Ask for what you need, get exactly that
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    Query Language
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    Evolve your API without versions
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    Fetch different resources in one request
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    Type system
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    GraphiQL
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    Ease of client creation
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    Easy setup
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    Good for apps that query at build time. (SSR/Gatsby)
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    Backed by Facebook
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    Easy to learn
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    "Open" document
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    Better versioning
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    Standard
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    1. Describe your data
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    Fast prototyping
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    Cons of GraphQL
    Cons of JsonAPI
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      Hard to migrate from GraphQL to another technology
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      More code to type.
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      Works just like any other API at runtime
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      Takes longer to build compared to schemaless.
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      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.

      What is JsonAPI?

      t is a format that works with HTTP. A main goal of the specification is to optimize HTTP requests both in terms of the number of requests and the size of data packages exchanged between clients and servers.

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