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Developer Experience

Boost developer velocity for graph consumers and contributors

The Developer Experience pillar focuses on enhancing developer productivity and satisfaction. This pillar promotes collaboration via effective schema management and streamlined workflows. It sets the stage for a platform that's both developer-friendly and cutting-edge, ensuring all developers can contribute efficiently.


Keep teams up to date with schema changes

Your acts as a between graph contributors and consumers, so it's important that everyone stays up-to-date with changes. Automating schema change notifications streamlines communication by not relying on manual updates. This reduces the risk of errors and improves developer efficiency. It allows teams across the stack to adapt their workflows to accommodate the changes.

Automated notifications also facilitate stakeholder awareness. That means stakeholders can provide feedback or raise concerns, fostering a more collaborative and transparent development process.

Enable subgraph developers

To enhance overall developer efficiency, it's vital to reduce time-to-market for developers. Best practices include:

  • Offering clear documentation on workflows for common failure scenarios like publish failures or failed
  • Validating during development to catch errors early
  • Ensuring errors are surfaced for quick debugging
  • Implementing a standard continuous integration and delivery system

Enable client developers

Improving client application development velocity is key to staying competitive. To achieve this, client developers need access to accurate documentation, testing best practices, and uniform tooling for code generation.

Deploying and publishing frequently to lower environments can also help to identify and resolve issues early. Additionally, using mocking before implementation and providing access to the schema can further improve velocity. Finally, can provide focused documentation and tooling to help streamline the development process.

Use the supergraph to improve distributed systems

It's essential for any organization using Federation to embrace best practices for microservices and distributed systems. These best practices include:

  • Documenting a framework for splitting responsibilities across subgraphs
  • Documenting best practices for s
  • Using GraphQL Federation appropriately for cross-domain orchestration

Onboard graph consumers and contributors

Effective onboarding for new developers is foundational for maximizing developer efficacy. Onboarding is particularly important in development, given the complexity of the technology involved. By investing in onboarding processes and tools, organizations can expedite the learning curve for new developers. This ultimately leads to faster development cycles and more efficient use of resources.

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