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GraphQL for server side resource aggregation

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May 2018

One pattern that comes up again and again when building microservice-style architectures is how to handle the aggregation of many resources server-side. In recent years, we've seen the emergence of a number of patterns such as Backend for Frontend (BFF) and tools such as Falcor to address this. Our teams have started using GraphQL for server-side resource aggregation instead. This differs from the usual mode of using GraphQL where clients directly query a GraphQL server. When using this technique, the services continue to expose RESTful APIs but under-the-hood aggregate services use GraphQL resolvers as the implementation for stitching resources from other services. This technique simplifies the internal implementation of aggregate services or BFFs by using GraphQL.