Room 1 

11:40 - 12:40 


Talk (60 min)

GraphQL is just APIs for hipsters, right?

GraphQL, the API approach that's going to change the world... or at least, that's what those who advocate for it say. But is it just because it's "new and shiny" that people are so excited by it, or is there something more that makes GraphQL worth investing time in as you build your APIs?


I was a skeptic but now I'm an advocate for using GraphQL in building your apps, so what made me change my opinion of this technology?

Come on a journey where we'll look at what GraphQL is, why it's an interesting and relevant technology in building applications. We'll do a compare and contrast with REST, discuss the pros and cons that GraphQL represents and see how we can uplift existing APIs to be GraphQL without having to rewrite our entire codebase.

Aaron Powell

Aaron is a Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Having spent 15 years doing web development he's seen it all, from browser wars, the rise of AJAX and the fall of 20 JavaScript frameworks (and that was just yesterday!). Always tinkering with something new he explores crazy ideas like writing your own implementation of numbers in .NET, creating IoC in JavaScript or implementing tic-tac-toe using git commits.