Execute Multiple Sequential GraphQL Queries with the @sequence Directive
StepZen's custom sequence directive allows for multiple queries to be executed in a sequence, one after the other to return a single result. In this example we will see how to use the sequence directive to query three APIs.
Connect A GraphQL API to Your StepZen Data Layer
Learn how to add any GraphQL API to your StepZen data layer, by autogenerating your GraphQL schemas and deploying them to your StepZen endpoint.
Tips for Creating a GraphQL Schema for an Existing Application
Tips for mapping an existing application's data model into a GraphQL schema, using WordPress as an example.
How To Layer a GraphQL API on a MySQL Database With a Single Command
Learn how to layer a GraphQL API, accessible via a StepZen endpoint, on your MySQL database.
Decoupling Frontends and Backends with GraphQL
GraphQL allows frontend developers to interact using their concepts and for the GraphQL layer to mediate with the backend implementations. GraphQL as the frontend API, as well as a few other constructs — interfaces, routing, and declarative specifications — give developers the tools to leverage the powerful backend-for-frontend pattern for decoupling.
Exploring Promising New Feature Proposals for the GraphQL Spec
There are some very promising proposals to improve the GraphQL spec under consideration. Leonardo Losoviz takes a deeper look at five of the most promising ones and what they'd mean for the future of GraphQL.
How To Use Fragments To Clean Up Your GraphQL Schemas
Here, we show you how to use fragments to clean up repeated code in your GraphQL schema.
What Are Scalar Types in GraphQL?
Learn what scalar types are in GraphQL and what custom GraphQL scalar types StepZen provides to you.
StepZen and Eve Porcello: A Conversation About GraphQL
An interview with Eve Porcello, who shares her view on the state of GraphQL and the JAMstack.
Improving the Development Experience with GraphQL
One of GraphQL's key benefits over REST is the ways that improves the developer experience. This post explores the key benefits GraphQL offers over REST in terms of developer experience.
How To Generate QR Codes with GraphQL Mutations Using Google Sheets
Learn how to use StepZen and GraphQL mutations to generate QR Codes with Google Sheets.
Exploring GraphQL Directives in the Wild
GraphQL directives are one of GraphQL's most powerful features, enabling custom capabilities that are not yet supported by the GraphQL spec, and offering a glimpse of what GraphQL may look like in the future.
Make A React App With a GraphQL API in One Command
Make a React app with a GraphQL API in a single command using npx-create-stepzen-app
How Different Are REST and GraphQL After All?
The usual debate is REST versus GraphQL, but are the two really that different after all? Let's look at the similarities and differences to understand which is best for your project.
7 Key Considerations for Building & Running Your Frontend APIs
Frontend developers are asked to build engaging online experiences. They need data from the backends. They must perform actions against backends. GraphQL APIs are fast becoming the language of modern app development. But who builds those APIs? Are they built quickly or are frontend developers left waiting? Who runs and manages the APIs?
How to Set Up a GraphQL Endpoint on a Database
To build today's web apps, you likely need data from a database. At the same time, GraphQL is playing an increasingly important role in modernizing data access to accelerate web development. See how your GraphQL view of your data can match the implementation - a set of database tables and joins.
A Visual Guide to GraphiQL and GraphQL Voyager
Walk through how to use two popular GraphQL clients, GraphiQL and GraphQL Voyager, via screenshots to explore their features and usage.
What You Need to Know About GraphQL Directives
GraphQL directives are a powerful aspect of the GraphQL spec that you may not even be aware of. They provide extensibility to to a GraphQL API. This post looks at what GraphQL directives are, how they are used and some examples of directives in use.
GraphQL Hackathon: It's a Wrap
Along with the mintbean.io team, we wrapped a GraphQL:Learn 'n Hack Hackathon last week. Developers had a blast building with GraphQL and we loved working with everybody. Here are some of the projects that developers built.
How to Build a GraphQL API Connected to A MySQL Database Using StepZen
Here, we give you an in-depth look at how you can easily use StepZen to connect your MySQL database to a GraphQL API.
Turning a REST API into GraphQL Using StepZen
A step-by-step guide demonstrating how to build a GraphQL API that pulls from multiple REST endpoints using StepZen.
Realizing the Potential of the API in Jamstack
APIs are a powerful way to fetch and combine data during static and dynamic builds. We believe that the potential of APIs in Jamstack applications is fully realized when APIs are easy to build and run and help developers seamlessly harmonize multiple data sources.
How to use Apollo Client to Connect a React Frontend to a GraphQL API
How to build a React frontend from scratch and query a GraphQL API with Apollo Client
Key Considerations for Hosting Your GraphQL API
What does a developer need to think through when deciding whether to build, own, and operate a GraphQL API service?
Learn To Love Your Jamstack BFF
Let's explore the BFF pattern, how it applies to Jamstack applications and how to make it easier to implement.
How to Connect Your GraphQL API with any REST Backend
We've added new capabilities that make it easy to connect your GraphQL endpoint with any REST data source, using the @rest directive.
GraphQL and the Jamstack
A look at the intertwined evolution of the Jamstack and GraphQL and how popular Jamstack tools are built upon a GraphQL foundation.
Building Your First GraphQL API Using StepZen
A step-by-step guide to building a custom GraphQL API using StepZen that connects to a real MySQL backend.
An Instant GraphQL API Using Google Sheets
Wouldn't it be great if it were as easy to create a GraphQL API from a Google Sheet as it is to share a Google Sheet with someone?
How to Write GraphQL Queries
GraphQL queries are what allow GraphQL to be efficient in how it gets data, by allowing you to express only what you need but also exactly everything you need. In this post, we'll see how.
GraphQL is a relatively new technology but it offers enormous benefits over the traditional RESTful solutions for frontend and backend developers.