GraphQL vs Spring: What are the differences?
GraphQL: A data query language and runtime. GraphQL is a data query language and runtime designed and used at Facebook to request and deliver data to mobile and web apps since 2012; Spring: Provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications. A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.
GraphQL can be classified as a tool in the "Query Languages" category, while Spring is grouped under "Frameworks (Full Stack)".
"Schemas defined by the requests made by the user", "Will replace RESTful interfaces" and "The future of API's" are the key factors why developers consider GraphQL; whereas "Java", "Open source" and "Great community" are the primary reasons why Spring is favored.
GraphQL and Spring are both open source tools. Spring with 30.6K GitHub stars and 19.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 GitHub forks.
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are some of the popular companies that use GraphQL, whereas Spring is used by MIT, Zillow, and Intuit. GraphQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 559 company stacks & 748 developers stacks; compared to Spring, which is listed in 319 company stacks and 184 developer stacks.
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