REST vs. GraphQL
REST, a server standard used for retrieving data using URLs whereas GraphQL, a query language that works on endpoints using HTTPS.HTTP caching easily avoids re-fetching resources. REST is a primarily structured concept for network-centric software. Both REST and GraphQL are used for building APIs. GraphQL is considered the upgraded version with enhanced experience and adaptability per requisite in the tech world. API’s have come far from the time since REST. The complexity with REST is its ability to return a fixed data structure unlike GraphQL that provides data for easy understanding with almost intuitive like reports.
Over the last decade REST has been the go to for designing Web APIs. However they have been inflexible with the rapid change requirements and easier faster adaptation. With REST a typical data gather would require multiple points – to fetch and return. The fixed data structure caused the problem of over and under fetching. However, GraphQL has promising results for fetch requests and handles the details by parsing and serves them as HTTP employed for its ubiquity. Unlike REST known conventionally for its fixed data structure, GraphQL provides detailed insight into data. You can also monitor requests processed by the server.