Alternatives: apollo-client, urql, relay
v16.0.0(about 2 months ago)
Both graphql-request and relay-runtime are popular packages within the GraphQL ecosystem. However, relay-runtime is more commonly associated with the Relay framework and is often used in conjunction with it. graphql-request, on the other hand, is a standalone package that can be used with any GraphQL client or framework.
graphql-request is a lightweight and flexible package that offers a simple and intuitive way to make GraphQL queries and mutations. It is suitable for small to medium-sized applications and provides features like query batching, caching, and error handling. relay-runtime is more feature-rich and provides advanced capabilities like automatic data caching, pagination, and mutations. It is designed specifically for building apps with the Relay framework.
With graphql-request, developers have more control over the network layer and can use it with any HTTP client of their choice. It has a clear and straightforward API and works well with TypeScript. relay-runtime, on the other hand, is tightly integrated with the Relay framework, providing a more opinionated and structured approach to building GraphQL-powered applications. It offers features like query pre-compilation and data-driven updates, which can improve development efficiency when working with Relay.
graphql-request has a shallow learning curve and is easier to get started with, especially for developers who are new to GraphQL. relay-runtime, on the other hand, has a steeper learning curve as it requires understanding and adoption of the Relay framework's conventions and patterns. It provides additional abstractions and tooling that may require some initial investment in learning.
Both graphql-request and relay-runtime have active communities and receive regular updates. However, relay-runtime benefits from the larger and more established Relay community, which provides a wealth of resources, documentation, and community-driven solutions for common GraphQL challenges.