Empower Apps

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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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What is Empower Apps?

An exploration of Apple business news and technology. We talk about how businesses can use new technology to empower their business and employees, from Leo Dion, founder of BrightDigit.