February 22, 2018

Real World GraphQL: Talk Videos

Evans Hauser
Community

Every once in a while we host a GraphQL meetup at our office, gathering the community together to hear about the latest developments in GraphQL. This meetup was focused around real world usage of GraphQL. Speakers presented the lessons learned from production stories at companies like Coursera and Samsara, and some modern tips for how to improve your experience with GraphQL development and deployment.

Sounds awesome? Follow us on Twitter at @apollographql and subscribe to the Meetup group so you don’t miss out on the next GraphQL meetup in San Francisco. If you would like to speak at the Apollo office for our next event, please DM me at @evanshauser.

Without further ado, enjoy the talks!


Wrapping REST with GraphQL

In this day and age, dealing with REST endpoints is a requirement — but don’t let that stop you from using GraphQL!

Jon Wong, a Senior Software Engineer at Coursera, teaches how the Coursera engineering team takes advantage of REST to build out GraphQL servers and explains some of the strategies learned along the way. In addition, he presents about some of the tools, libraries, and workflows that make layering GraphQL on top of REST APIs a breeze.


Deploying a Serverless GraphQL API

More and more, we find that GraphQL APIs are being developed by product developers that don’t want to worry about operating backend services. The serverless function model of deployment has a lot of benefits for APIs, but isn’t as well suited when you need some stateful features such as caching or performance metrics aggregation.

In this talk, Sashko Stubailo, the Open Source lead at Apollo, presents a solution that combines the best of both worlds: A stateless GraphQL API running in AWS Lambda for ease of scaling with Apollo Engine in front to handle stateful concerns.


Client-Side Caching with Apollo Link

John Haytko, a Software Developer at Xero, explores the current state of client-side caching with Apollo and how Apollo Link can make managing your client-side cache easier and more scaleable.


SDL First Products

Christopher Biscardi, a Product Engineer at Honeycomb.io, describes how the GraphQL SDL can be used to decouple client and server implementations and why that matters. He covers a set of tools that are “Schema First”, including Prisma and Apollo, as well as dives into how the SDL can be used to communicate across teams.


End-to-end Type Systems: More Features and Fewer Bugs

Stephen Wan, an Infrastructure Engineer at Samsara, describes the necessity of static typing everywhere at Samsara: Protobufs, Go, GraphQL, and TypeScript. In this talk he discusses the uses of Thunder, Samsara’s Go GraphQL server, apollo-codegen, and other tools to automatically glue these pieces together and make development easier with close to zero human intervention.


Don’t miss the next meetup!

Following @apollographql on Twitter to hear the latest news, and subscribe to the group on Meetup. If you would like to speak at the Apollo HQ for our next event, please message me, @evanshauser, on Twitter!

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