At DronaHQ, we are always working towards enhancing the platform to make it the most flexible and user-friendly application development platform. In line with this, we are excited to announce the latest enhancement to our platform: the GraphQL API connector to our API and Database connector library. With the new connector, developers who prefer building with GraphQL can now instantly connect it to DronaHQ and build user interfaces on top of their data in just a few minutes.
Motivation: Simplify the process of consuming, querying, and deploying with GraphQL APIs
GraphQL vs REST, choose what you need
Since launching API and DB connectors in DronaHQ, we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm from developers working on information-intensive processes who wanted to use DronaHQ to connect their databases and build custom GUIs.
If you’re building apps on DronaHQ, you’ve probably spent a good chunk of your time working with REST APIs (or even SOAP). While typical REST APIs require loading from multiple URLs, the GraphQL API connector will get all the data your app needs in a single request – so, it makes apps faster and more stable as they control the data they get, not the server.
What can the ready API connector do
The GraphQL connector in DronaHQ helps build upon the REST philosophy and move ahead where traditional APIs have some limitations. It can be effectively used to aggregate data from multiple resources and describe data for apps that have complex UI/UX and multiple endpoints.
- Actions: Consume GraphQL APIs to perform CRUD actions, read data with or without conditions, create new record or update records (if the target API supports it)
- Query: Define queries using GraphQL Query Builder. You can also add dynamic variables to the queries to fetch conditional data from GraphQL data
- Authentication: Add GraphQL endpoints under all DronaHQ authentication modes likes Basic, OAuth, API Key, or Custom like AWS
- Trigger: Read data from the external app and execute the workflow using Automation. DronaHQ supports time-based and webhook triggers.
- Integrate: Aggregate data from multiple data sources including databases and APIs
- Autocomplete Suggestions (beta)
- Introspection (beta)
If you want to learn more about what the ready GraphQL connector looks like and how it works in DronaHQ, you can find more information here.
Build internal tools, dashboards, admin panel on top of GraphQL data in minutes
In the DronaHQ visual development tool, the interface is divided into three sections. On the left most is where you’ll find drag-and-drop visual components for building out your tools. You can click on components to edit details on the right most panel. The center of the screen is where your tool lies. You can see how the different components stack up against one another. On the right panel is where you bind the data from the GraphQL APIs to the UI components, and also where you can write out and configure your queries. In the screenshot below, you’re seeing a preview of a simple app where we connected a SpaceX using their GraphQL API.
If you’re building internal tools on top of a GraphQL endpoint, DronaHQ is the right place to start.
Instead of building UI components from scratch and having to handle state, you can drag and drop from a set of powerful pre-built components and hook them up to queries in one place and your custom frontend will be ready in minutes. You can also combine data from other sources, say from APIs like Stripe, Slack, Zendesk or Databases like Postgres, MySQL, MongoDB, Google Sheets, or anything with a REST or GraphQL API.