In a speech at the 2016 GraphQL Summit, Lee Byron of GraphQL/Facebook put forward a “Secret Master Plan” outlining his hopes for GraphQL, the growing API standard.
In an ideal world, he said, he hoped that GraphQL adoption would look something like this:
- 1–3 months – Hobbyists and personal projects
- 6 months – Implemented in 3+ languages
- 9–12 months – New startups and small companies
- 1.5–2 years – Medium sized companies and products
- 2 years – Implemented in 10+ languages (actually took ~3 months)
- 2–4 years – Large companies and tech giants
- 4–5 years – Ubiquity!
Today, new application development leans towards microservices and serverless approaches. With this paradigm shift, the weaknesses of traditional RESTful API approaches began to show. GraphQL was developed in response to the problems of a typical REST API, but requires a fair amount of configuration to get it running server-side. Read more
Structure and Meaning Must be Right
GraphQL is indeed an attractive data API for applications (and people). However, even if you know the basics of GraphQL, you may run into issues about getting the API data structures right and in prettifying the data content to make it business friendly. Read more
With the recent surge of interest in GraphQL, a vibrant new ecosystem of supplementary software has quickly emerged. Open source communities and entrepreneuring startups alike are validating new GraphQL use cases, filling in GraphQL implementation gaps, and enabling more and more developers to adopt GraphQL practices with decreased overhead through the use of some pretty awesome tools. Read more