GraphQL vs Trailblazer

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GraphQL vs Trailblazer: What are the differences?

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; Trailblazer: A new architecture for Rails. Trailblazer is a thin layer on top of Rails. It gently enforces encapsulation, an intuitive code structure and gives you an object-oriented architecture. In a nutshell: Trailblazer makes you write logicless models that purely act as data objects, don't contain callbacks, nested attributes, validations or domain logic. It removes bulky controllers and strong_parameters by supplying additional layers to hold that code and completely replaces helpers.

GraphQL and Trailblazer are primarily classified as "Query Languages" and "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools respectively.

"Schemas defined by the requests made by the user" is the top reason why over 61 developers like GraphQL, while over 3 developers mention "Trailblazer allows creating sane, large apps in Rails" as the leading cause for choosing Trailblazer.

GraphQL and Trailblazer are both open source tools. GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Trailblazer with 2.91K GitHub stars and 129 GitHub forks.

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Pros of GraphQL
Pros of Trailblazer
  • 69
    Schemas defined by the requests made by the user
  • 62
    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
  • 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)
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    Backed by Facebook
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    Easy to learn
  • 1
    "Open" document
  • 1
    Better versioning
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    Standard
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    1. Describe your data
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    Fast prototyping
  • 5
    Trailblazer allows creating sane, large apps in Rails
  • 3
    Separates business logic from framework
  • 2
    Sound Software Architecture principals
  • 2
    Improves maintainability
  • 1
    Makes Rails better

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Cons of GraphQL
Cons of Trailblazer
  • 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.
  • 1
    Hasn't been on Thoughtworks radar since 2014

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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 Trailblazer?

Trailblazer is a thin layer on top of Rails. It gently enforces encapsulation, an intuitive code structure and gives you an object-oriented architecture. In a nutshell: Trailblazer makes you write logicless models that purely act as data objects, don't contain callbacks, nested attributes, validations or domain logic. It removes bulky controllers and strong_parameters by supplying additional layers to hold that code and completely replaces helpers.

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