REST has been adopted by many developers and is widely regarded as the traditional way to send data over HTTP. GraphQL, on the other hand, is typically presented as a revolutionary technology to replace legacy REST APIs.

Graphql

GraphQL is an open-source data query and manipulation language for APIs, and a runtime for fulfilling queries with existing data. GraphQL was developed internally by Facebook in 2012 before being publicly released in 2015.

Graphql Features:

  • Incrementally Adoptable:

    User can implement it into any of existing apps today.

  • Universally Compatible:

    Apollo is compatible with any build setup, any GraphQL server, and any GraphQL schema.

  • Easy to get started with:

    User can start using GraphQL with small queries for fetching data right away and learn about the advanced features a bit later.

  • Small and flexible:

    User will receive the data from APIs what exactly requested.

  • Inspectable and Understandable:

    Any user can easily understand the flow what is precisely happening in his application.

  • Built for interactive apps:

    Gives a swift response. Changes reflected immediately on apps.

Rest

REST stands for Representational State Transfer. (It is sometimes spelled “ReST”.) It relies on a stateless, client-server, cacheable communications protocol — and in virtually all cases, the HTTP protocol is used. REST is an architecture style for designing networked applications.

Rest Features:

  • Stateless client/server protocol:

    each HTTP contains all the necessary information to run it, which means that neither the client nor the server need to remember any previous state to satisfy it.

  • Objects in REST are always manipulated from the URI:

    The URI allows us to access the information in order to change or delete it, or for example to share its exact location with third parties.

  • Uniform interface:

    To transfer data, the REST system applies specific actions (POST, GET, PUT and DELETE) on the resources, provided they are identified with a URI.

  • Layer system:

    The Layer System is the hierarchical architecture between the components. Each layer has a functionality within the REST system.