Alec Brunelle
May 17, 2021 ⋅ 5 min read

Why I (finally) switched to urql from Apollo Client

Alec Brunelle Alec is a web developer who loves to work in all areas of the stack. Currently hacking on GraphQL services at Unity Technologies.

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3 Replies to "Why I (finally) switched to urql from Apollo Client"

  1. I’m not a author but I’ve used both Apollo and Relay, and I can defenitely say that Realy has worst development experience among graphQL client libraries. It’s concept of defining & generating artifacts require lots of workplace configuration and even after you deal with all of them, relay don’t provide that much of functions compared to others.

  2. This article inspired me to try urql, but urql inspired me to switch back to Apollo. Apollo was a huge pain to set up, but urql isn’t much better, and an issue with their reported types for cache variables (because, despite the claim that normalized caching “isn’t necessary”, list additions are necessary and optimistic updates are pretty close) meant I had to consider whether I was continuing to switch because of the sunk cost fallacy. Also, HOCs are a bit outmoded at this point, so I wouldn’t exactly consider their nextjs support all that wonderful, and when graphql-codegen gets thrown into the mix (necessary if you don’t want to write more boilerplate than code), Apollo’s mismanaged jumble of documentation due to old supported libraries and flawed initial practices seems preferable to me.

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