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API-like technologies that move data between dissimilar systems have been around for much longer than the phrase "Web API" has been fashionable. As it turns out, a walk down memory lane is all it takes to understand what GraphQL is, how it evolved from its predecessors, and why it matters.
In an effort to address a key weakness in the World Wide Web, its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed a second generation web technology called the Semantic Web. But the Semantic Web's fundamentals were never widely embraced. Now, those fundamentals are showing up in GraphQL and gaining traction.
Hypermedia, microservices, cross-business buy-in, API experience design and Chaos Monkeys were some of the common discussions overheard at APIDays in Berlin and Barcelona.
Markus Lanthaler talks about the importance of optimizing data architecture for an integrated future.
Now that JSON-LD empowers millions of Web developers to tap the power of linked data, the Semantic Web could have the wind of the exploding API economy at its back.