Building a Better Web
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

A frontend developer's guide to GraphQL

Peggy Rayzis (Meteor Development Group)
9:50am–10:30am Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Web services and APIs
Location: 210 C/G
Secondary topics:  Developer Experience Track: Tools, Platforms, and Techniques, Hands-on, Technical
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Frontend developers and architects evaluating GraphQL

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience fetching data from a remote server with REST and displaying it in a UI
  • Basic familiarity with React

What you'll learn

  • Explore GraphQL and learn how to incorporate it into your applications


REST has long been the status quo for APIs, but recently, GraphQL has exploded in popularity, due to its excellent developer experience and declarative approach to data fetching.

Peggy Rayzis details what GraphQL is and explains how it can simplify the workflow of frontend developers as you learn how to implement GraphQL in your application via the Apollo stack, a collection of open source GraphQL tools for web and native platforms. Through hands-on examples using Apollo tools, you’ll see how integrating GraphQL in your application will enable you to adapt to new data requirements without adding a new endpoint, debug painlessly and gain visibility into your API, and reduce state management boilerplate. You’ll leave with all of the resources you need to start developing your application with GraphQL and Apollo.

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Peggy Rayzis

Meteor Development Group

Peggy Rayzis is an open source engineer on the Apollo team at Meteor Development Group, where she helps build tools for the GraphQL ecosystem. She’s also the author of react-native-create-bridge, host of Apollo #MissionBriefing, and an accomplished speaker and blogger. When she’s not coding, you can find Peggy hitting the ski slopes or traveling around the world.