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Full Stack GraphQL Applications

With React, Node.js, and Neo4j

Published by Manning
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

Build hyper-fast and hyper-efficient web applications with GraphQL! This practical, comprehensive guide introduces the powerful GRANDStack for developing full stack web applications based in graph data structures.

In Full Stack GraphQL Applications you will learn how to:

Build backend functionalities for GraphQL applications
Model a GraphQL API with GraphQL type definitions
Utilize Neo4j as a backend database
Handle authentication and authorization with GraphQL
Implement pagination and rate limiting in a GraphQL API
Develop a GraphQL service with Apollo Server
Install Neo4j Database on different platforms
Create a basic frontend application using React and Apollo Client
Deploy a full stack GraphQL application to the cloud

The GraphQL query language radically reduces over-fetching or under-fetching of data by constructing precise graph-based data requests. In Full Stack GraphQL Applications you’ll learn how to build graph-aware web applications that take full advantage of GraphQL’s amazing efficiency. Neo4j’s William Lyon teaches you everything you need to know to design, deploy, and maintain a GraphQL API from scratch. He reveals how you can build your web apps with GraphQL, React, Apollo, and Neo4j Database, aka “the GRANDstack,” to get maximum performance out of GraphQL.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the technology
The GraphQL API query language radically streamlines data exchanges with backend servers by representing application data as easy-to-understand graphs. You can amplify GraphQL’s benefits by using graph-aware tools and data stores, like React, Apollo, and Neo4j, throughout your application. A full stack graph approach provides a consistent data model end to end, reducing friction in data fetching and increasing developer productivity.

About the book
Full Stack GraphQL Applications teaches you to build graph-aware web applications using GraphQL, React, Apollo, and the Neo4j database, collectively called “the GRANDstack.” Practical, hands-on examples quickly develop your understanding of how the GRANDstack fits together. As you go, you’ll create and deploy to the cloud a full-featured web application that includes search, authentication, and more. Soon, you’ll be ready to deploy end-to-end applications that take full advantage of GraphQL’s outstanding performance.

What's inside

Building a GraphQL backend using Neo4j
Authentication and authorization with GraphQL
Pagination and GraphQL abstract types
A basic frontend application using React and Apollo Client
Deploying to the cloud with Netlify, AWS Lambda, Auth0, and Neo4j Aura

About the reader
For full stack web developers. No experience with GraphQL or graph databases required.

About the author
William Lyon is a Staff Developer Advocate at Neo4j and blogger at

Table of Contents
1 What is full stack GraphQL?
2 Graph thinking with GraphQL
3 Graphs in the database
4 The Neo4j GraphQL Library
5 Building user interfaces with React
6 Client-side GraphQL with React and Apollo Client
7 Adding authorization and authentication
8 Deploying our full stack GraphQL application
9 Advanced GraphQL considerations

About The Author

William Lyon is a software developer at Neo4j, working on integrations with other technologies and helping users build applications with Neo4j. He is the creator and maintainer of neo4j-graphql.js, a JavaScript library for creating GraphQL APIs, and is a contributor to He serves as Neo4j’s representative on the GraphQL Foundation.

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