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Full Stack GraphQL Applications

With React, Node.js, and Neo4j
William Lyon
  • MEAP began October 2019
  • Publication in Early 2022 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617297038
  • 300 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white
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Excellent introduction to the world of GraphQL with a good real world example leading you through the process of picking up the key concepts and implementation of GraphQL.

Rob Lacey
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GraphQL radically improves the efficiency of web APIs, reducing the number of requests and the volume of data in-transit within your web applications. You can amplify the benefits of GraphQL by adjusting your stack to match GraphQL’s more natural representation of your data as a graph. In Full Stack GraphQL Applications you’ll learn to build graph-aware end-to-end web applications using GraphQL, React, Apollo, and the Neo4j graph database.

about the technology

Over-fetching or under-fetching data from REST APIs makes your applications slow and unreliable, especially over weak mobile network connections. The GraphQL query language offers a solution with a new API paradigm, reducing loads by constructing precise graph-based data requests. By adapting your application’s design and data store to leverage graphs throughout the stack, you decrease friction by using a consistent data model improving developer productivity, performance and maintainability. The combination of GraphQL, React, Apollo, and Neo4j Database, aka “the GRANDstack,” provides an easily adoptable end-to-end solution perfect for building fullstack GraphQL applications.

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Full Stack GraphQL Applications teaches you to leverage the power of GraphQL to create modern APIs that streamline data loads by allowing client applications to selectively fetch only the data required. GRANDstack.io contributor and GraphQL Foundation member William Lyon teaches you everything you need to know to design, deploy, and maintain a GraphQL API from scratch and create graph-aware fullstack web applications. In this project-driven book, you’ll build a complete business reviews application using the cutting-edge GRANDstack, learning how the different parts fit together. Chapter-by-chapter, you’ll master creating a GraphQL service with Apollo Server, modelling a GraphQL API with GraphQL type definitions, installing the Neo4j Database on different platforms, and more. By the time you’re done, you’ll be able to deploy all of the components of a serverless fullstack application in a secure and cost-effective way that takes full advantage of GraphQL’s performance capabilities. Along the way, you’ll also get tips for applying these techniques to other stacks.

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  • Building the backend functionality of a GraphQL application
  • Handling authentication and authorization with GraphQL
  • Implementing pagination and rate limiting in a GraphQL API
  • Create a basic frontend application using React and Apollo Client

about the reader

Aimed at developers comfortable building web applications using tools like Django, Rails, or MEAN stack and standard SQL-based databases. No experience with GraphQL or graph databases required.

about the author

William Lyon is a software developer at Neo4j, working on integrations with other technologies and helping users build applications with Neo4j. He is the creator and maintainer of neo4j-graphql.js, a JavaScript library for creating GraphQL APIs, and is a contributor to GRANDstack.io. He serves as Neo4j’s representative on the GraphQL Foundation.

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Practical introduction to GraphQL through the lens of GRANDstack.

Christopher Haupt

The author explains very clearly the concepts and the means to achieve the goals mentioned in chapters. I like the way the things are analysed, described and applied.

Michele Adduci
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