Apollo GraphQL, a pioneer in the use of GraphQL API technologies for modern application development, has announced the general availability of Development Graphs—a free cloud offering that allows developers around the world to access Apollo’s Studio tools, such as Apollo Explorer, with any server.
GraphQL, a query-language-based API technology, offers an alternative to API technologies such as REST. Development Graphs accelerate the benefits of GraphQL by giving developers free and unlimited access to Apollo Studio's Explorer and Schema tools, without requiring any additional setup in code.
According to the vendor, the tools provide several benefits to GraphQL developers. They increase developer productivity by providing powerful tools for query writing, increase the discoverability of what’s in the data graph by providing advanced ways to browse and search GraphQL schema, and they increase the general accessibility of the graph to an organization, by making data query-able even to team members who are not developers.
“At Apollo we are dedicated to helping developers be as productive as possible and to make development accessible to as many people as possible,” said Geoff Schmidt, co-founder and CEO of Apollo GraphQL. “Over the past couple of years we have developed powerful tools in our Studio suite for developers using GraphQL. With today’s announcement, we have gone a step further and made those tools widely available to all developers for free, regardless of which GraphQL server they use, allowing them to ship high-quality, consistent digital experiences across all platforms their customers use.”
With Development Graphs, the Apollo Studio developer tools are now available to every developer in the world to use with any GraphQL server. Development Graphs are a convenient tool for connecting local servers or any development environment to Apollo Studio by updating a user’s schema in real-time and providing a private sandbox. The developer tools that comprise Apollo Studio, especially Explorer, simplify the process of building and executing queries against running servers, including a point-and-click interface for exploring schemas and tools that ease and accelerate the process of authoring and running live queries.
Based in San Francisco, Apollo is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, and Trinity Ventures.
For a more in-depth look at Apollo Studio and Development Graphs, go here.