GraphQL Anywhere - Our Journey With GraphQL Mesh and Schema Stitching

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During our work with many different clients from all shapes and sizes, The Guild had to come up with all kinds of innovative solutions to help customers achieve the most out of GraphQL and help adopt it more easily. During that talk I will mention how you could use GraphQL in places you though it wasn’t possible, share open source tools to help you and provide new perspectives about why GraphQL is a great technology.

Uri Goldshtein
Uri Goldshtein
34 min
02 Jul, 2021

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The Guild has developed various tools for GraphQL, including the GraphQL Code Generator, GraphQL Inspector, GraphQL Modules, GraphQL Tools, and GraphQL Mesh. They have joined the GraphQL Foundation and migrated GraphQLJS to TypeScript. Exciting developments in the GraphQL community include new libraries and directives, such as the GraphQL Web Socket library and the stream and defer directives. GraphQL Mesh allows for converting and merging various sources into GraphQL, providing a distributed solution. The GraphQL Hive registry allows for centralized management of schemas. The talk emphasizes a distributed and gradual approach to adopting GraphQL and the option to choose between schema stitching and Apollo Federation.

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1. Introduction to The Guild and Its Tools

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Hi everyone, my name is Uli and I'm really excited to be here and give the first talk at GraphQL Galaxy. I'm a member of a group called The Guild. We're the largest open source group in the GraphQL world. We have developed various tools like the GraphQL Code Generator, GraphQL Inspector, GraphQL Modules, GraphQL Tools, and GraphQL Mesh. These tools help in generating code, tracking changes, splitting responsibilities, and querying non-GraphQL sources.

Hi everyone, my name is Uli and I'm really excited to be here and give the first talk at GraphQL Galaxy. Giving the first talk at GraphQL Galaxy I feel like I want to mention a lot of cool things that happen in the community so give me a couple of minutes to mention a few things and then we can actually start with the actual talk.

So I'm a member of a group called The Guild. We're the largest open source group in the GraphQL world so you probably are using one of our libraries like maybe the GraphQL Code Generator to generate code from your schemas and your operations. GraphQL Inspector to make sure to track changes and make sure that you're not making breaking changes. GraphQL Modules which we recently introduced 1.0 after many years of iterations. It's a tool that helps you basically split responsibilities of your GraphQL gateway between teams while still maintaining a regular GraphQL gateway. GraphQL Tools that I will mention later today mostly around the new schemas teaching that if you thought was deprecated then stay on for this talk and I hope you can learn some new things around it. GraphQL Mesh which lets you query sources that are not GraphQL as if they were GraphQL automatically and many others.

I'm mentioning all those tools because for us the goal of the Guild is to, in order to create a powerful community, we believe that we need to rely on a lot of tools that are being maintained and you can count on for the long-term. That's what we do. We do it ourselves and we do it with the community. You could, you know, use all those tools together as one platform and they all have a vision behind them, but like when we go to a very large client or something like that, we can't just introduce all those tools, we build them individually so you can slowly and gradually introduce those tools when you need them, only the things that you need. But again, like I said, we can't do this alone.

2. GraphQL Foundation and Contributions

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In the last year, we joined the GraphQL Foundation to influence and contribute to GraphQLJS and GraphQL.org. We're migrating GraphQLJS to TypeScript and need help with that. We've rebuilt GraphQL.org using Gatsby, making it easier to contribute and find well-maintained libraries. It's now easier than ever to contribute.

So in the last year, we joined the GraphQL Foundation in order to also help influence and contribute to the core assets of GraphQL, like GraphQLJS and GraphQL.org. So in GraphQLJS, we actually started again the effort of migrating GraphQLJS to TypeScript. We need help there, by the way, so you can go to GraphQLJS and the highlighted issues are around the TypeScript migration. Any help will be helpful. And also, we improved a lot GraphQL.org itself. We've completely rebuilt the infrastructure of it using Gatsby to make it easier to contribute. And also, we rebuilt the code page. So it will be much easier to find the libraries that you want and that are well-maintained. So go there and find basically all the libraries that I'm going to mention now are highlighted there, and we hope to make that the best source out there. And if you want to contribute, it's easier now. It's better than, easier than ever.

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