GraphQL vs Rails API: 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 Rails API? Rails for API only applications. Rails::API is a subset of a normal Rails application, created for applications that don't require all functionality that a complete Rails application provides. It is a bit more lightweight, and consequently a bit faster than a normal Rails application. The main example for its usage is in API applications only, where you usually don't need the entire Rails middleware stack nor template generation.
GraphQL can be classified as a tool in the "Query Languages" category, while Rails API is grouped under "Microframeworks (Backend)".
"Schemas defined by the requests made by the user" is the primary reason why developers consider GraphQL over the competitors, whereas "Great for quick decoupled apps" was stated as the key factor in picking Rails API.
GraphQL and Rails API are both open source tools. GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Rails API with 5.26K GitHub stars and 293 GitHub forks.
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