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API Showdown: REST vs. GraphQL vs. gRPC – Which Should You Use?

When architecting an API, one of the major decisions is choosing the appropriate communication technology and protocol. Every solution comes with trade-offs, so how do you find the right fit for your needs? The three panelists will each be a representative for one of today's popular technologies: REST, GraphQL, and gRPC. We'll cover origin stories, what it takes to get started, when each is the right tool for the job, and when it's absolutely the wrong tool for the job.


Alex Borysov

Senior Software Engineer @Netflix

Alex is currently a senior software engineer at Netflix, where he is working on building a unified global digital Studio that powers the effective production of Netflix content. Prior to joining Netflix, Alex had designed, implemented, and run various World-scale distributed systems,...

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Matt McLarty

Software Architect, Author, Global Leader of API Strategy @MuleSoft

Matt McLarty is the Global Field CTO for MuleSoft, a Salesforce company. He works closely with organizations to define digital strategies, as well as design and implement enterprise-grade API and microservices solutions. An experienced software architect, Matt has worked extensively in the...

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Michelle Garrett

Software Engineer @Twitter

Michelle Garrett is a Software Engineer at Twitter, where she is part of the team building Twitter's large scale GraphQL API. Prior to Twitter, Michelle worked on a GraphQL implementation at Condé Nast, powering the international Vogue websites. Michelle is an organiser of Node Girls, which...

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