GraphQL Distilled

Mar 10, 2022 · St. Louis, United States of America

About the Presentation: REST is all about endpoints that perform specific queries or operations. This works fine, but the client is limited by which queries have been exposed. What if the backend exposed the data, but the client could decide which subset of data it needed, and how to interact with that data? That’s the promise of GraphQL — simplify the back-end, give the client more power, and make it easier to evolve APIs.

When we take this approach, we also have more flexibility on the backend; we can use one or many different microservices together to provide a unified API. In this talk, we’ll explain what GraphQL is, how it works, and look at how easy it is to build GraphQL APIs using MicroProfile GraphQL.

About the Presenter: Kito D. Mann is the Principal Consultant at Virtua, Inc. (, specializing in enterprise application architecture, training, development, and mentoring with microservices, cloud, Web Components, Angular, and Jakarta/Java EE technologies. He is also the co-host of the Stacked Podcast (, and the author of JavaServer Faces in Action (Manning). Mann has participated in several Java Community Process expert groups (including CDI, JSF, and Portlets) and is an internationally recognized speaker. He is also a Java Champion and Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

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