GraphQL Foundation rounds out membership, sketches out API landscape

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The GraphQL Foundation welcomed a lucky seven more members this week, as well as a programme director tasked with bolstering the community around the API technology.

GraphQL was first developed by Facebook in 2012, and open-sourced three years later. When the foundation launched last year, it said that in contrast to REST APIs, GraphQL APIs “allow developers to query the exact data they need from a diverse set of cloud data sources, with less code, greater performance and security, and a faster development cycle.”

So, it’s not a big surprise that the latest members include companies with a distinct leaning towards data. They include Fauna, the company behind FaunaDB, a serverless, low latency database and 8Base, which offers a development platform based on JavaScript and GraphQL.

New member Elementl, which aims to build “the next generation of open source data tools” was founded by Nick Schrock, who co-developed GraphQL while at Facebook. Also on the list is Prisma, which also develops data tools, and whose investors include…one Nick Schrock.

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The seven are rounded out by ecommerce co Shopify, travel giant, Expedia, and Twitter.

As well as the new members, the GraphQL foundation also gets a programme director, in the shape of the Linux Foundation’s Brian Warner. Warner’s resume includes stints at IBM and Samsung, as well as a previous five year stretch at the Linux Foundation.

The new faces were unveiled as the foundation behind the API manipulation language launched GraphQL Landscape, a tool to help interested parties “explore” GraphQL projects, members and organisations.

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