Alternative Backends with Kristaps Grinbergs

In this episode, Leo talks with Kristaps Grinbergs about alternative backends like GraphQL and WebSockets as well as their upcoming talks at UIKonf.


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Why GraphQL?

  • Greater Flexibility
  • Less Data Usage
  • REST API is more strict but easy to implement
  • Big Learning Curve with GraphQL
  • Fewer Requests Needed with GraphQL
  • Challenges with accessing in Swift
  • How Apollo Works
  • Starting with both REST API and GraphQL
  • Using Subscriptions WebSockets with GraphQL for Syncing


  • Perfect for Gaming, Chat, and Financial Applications
  • Why Long Polling Might Be Better
  • How to keep a URL Session open
  • How to stay organized with WebSockets
  • How to support and test WebSockets?

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Leo Dion
Leo Dion
Swift developer for Apple devices and more; Founder of BrightDigit; husband and father of 6 adorable kids
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»ο£Ώ #ios and other Apple tech πŸ’Ό Co-founded @Qminder and Sharentic πŸ“¨ @swiftlybrief πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ Cycling 🐈 Cats 🌍 Travel πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆDiversity 🌱 Vegan. Animal freedom

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