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GraphQL: A Comprehensive Summary

GraphQL: A Comprehensive Summary

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Ashutosh Sonu
·Jan 22, 2023·

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Table of contents

  • Introduction :
  • Basic Concepts :
  • Example :
  • Using GraphQL in your application :
  • Conclusion :

Introduction :

GraphQL is a query language for your API, it was developed by Facebook and it allows clients to define the structure of the data they need, and the server will return only the requested data. It is an alternative to REST (Representational State Transfer) and other traditional API architectures.

Basic Concepts :

To get started with GraphQL, you will need to have a basic understanding of the following concepts:

  • Schema: A GraphQL schema defines the types and fields of data that are available in the API. The schema is written in a language called GraphQL Schema Definition Language (SDL).

  • Query: A query is a request for data, it is used to fetch data from the server. A query is written in GraphQL syntax and is sent to the server as a string.

  • Resolver: A resolver is a function that is responsible for returning the data for a specific field in the schema. It is a bridge between the query and the underlying data source.

  • Types: GraphQL has a built-in set of types, such as String, Int, and Boolean. You can also create custom types in your schema.

Example :

Here's an example of a simple GraphQL query and its corresponding resolver:

// Query
query {
  user(id: 1) {

// Resolver
const resolvers = {
  Query: {
    user: (_, args) => {
      return {
        name: 'John Doe',
        age: 30

In this example, the query requests the name and age fields of a user with an id of 1. The resolver function retrieves the data and returns an object with the requested fields.

Using GraphQL in your application :

To use GraphQL in your application, you will need to set up a GraphQL server that can handle incoming queries and route them to the appropriate resolvers. There are many libraries available for different programming languages that can help you set up a GraphQL server. Some popular ones include Apollo Server (JavaScript), Sangria (Scala), and Graphene (Python).

You can also use GraphQL client libraries such as Apollo Client, Relay to interact with the GraphQL server from the client side.

Conclusion :

This is a brief introduction to the basics of GraphQL, and there are many more advanced concepts and features you can learn, such as mutations, subscriptions, fragments and input types that you can explore once you are comfortable with the basics.

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