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Apollo Graph Developer - Professional Certification

Developers who obtain this certification demonstrate strong familiarity with Apollo Federation concepts. They can apply those concepts to build a federated supergraph or move an existing monolithic graph to federation.

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Apollo Graph Developer - Professional


  • Basic knowledge of GraphQL and Apollo libraries, as covered in the Apollo Graph Associate Developer Certification

Skills assessed

  • Apollo Federation 2
    • List the benefits of Apollo Federation and managed federation
    • Describe the components of a federated graph architecture (subgraphs, gateway, supergraph schema, Apollo Uplink)
    • Summarize the process of managed federation
  • Components of a supergraph architecture
    • Explain how a query travels from the client to the gateway to subgraphs
    • Create subgraphs and a gateway using Apollo packages
  • Subgraph schema design and syntax
    • Use Apollo federation directives such as @shareable, @key and @inaccessible
    • Create and reference entities in a subgraph schema
    • Contribute fields to entities in a subgraph schema
    • Define value types in a subgraph schema
  • Subgraph resolvers
    • Describe and implement reference resolvers and entity representations
  • Authentication in a supergraph
    • Explain how to pass authorization headers from the client to the gateway to subgraphs
  • Schema checks
    • List the benefits of schema checks
    • Describe what composition checks are and how to run them using Rover
    • Describe what operation checks are and how to run them using Rover
    • Use Apollo Studio to navigate schema checks and address errors
  • Graph variants
    • Explain what a graph variant is and what it's useful for
    • Publish a subgraph schema to a graph variant in Studio
  • Observability in Apollo Studio
    • Define a trace and a federated trace
    • Define field usage metrics: field executions and referencing operations

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