Jun 12, 2023 | API | API Management

Choosing the Right API Technology: REST vs. GraphQL vs. Asynch APIs


Are you tired of hearing about REST, GraphQL, and Asynch APIs without really understanding what they mean? Well, don't worry; you're not alone. In the world of application development, there are a lot of different technologies to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to figure out which one is right for your project. So let's break it down.


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RESTful APIs; Best for simple CRUD operations

First up, we have REST. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Representational State Transfer, that sounds fancy and confusing!" But it's really not that complicated. RESTful APIs use HTTP requests to POST (create), PUT (update), GET (read), and DELETE data, and they're based on familiar concepts like URLs and HTTP. They are also often used with web services that return data in JSON or XML format.


GraphQL; Best for complex data requirements

Next, we have GraphQL, which is a newer technology developed by Facebook. GraphQL is a query language that allows developers to request exactly the data they need rather than getting a fixed set of data from an endpoint. It's kind of like going to a restaurant and being able to order exactly what you want rather than being forced to order a pre-set meal. This can make it more efficient to work with, especially for more complex data requirements. In addition, GraphQL also provides a type system that allows for more efficient validation and better documentation of the API.


Asynch APIs; Best for real-time applications

Last but not least, we have Asynch APIs, which are becoming increasingly popular recently. As the name suggests, these APIs work asynchronously, which means that clients can make requests and receive responses as soon as they're available rather than having to wait for a response from the server. This can be really useful for real-time applications like chat or gaming.


Choosing the API technology that best fits your needs

So which one is right for your project? Well, it depends on your specific needs. If you're working on a simple CRUD (create, read, update, delete) application, RESTful APIs are probably a good choice. If you need more complex data requirements, GraphQL might be a better fit. And if you're working on a real-time application, Asynch APIs are definitely worth considering.


Seek guidance from an integration company if you need help

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to evaluate the requirements of your project and choose the technology that best fits your needs. And if you're still feeling overwhelmed, don't hesitate to reach out to an integration company (like Entiros Integrations 😎) for guidance. They'll be able to help you navigate the world of APIs and choose the right one for your project.