The very first thing we'll do is to create a simple Hello World application by following the docs.
This will create a WunderGraph project that uses Next.js as the frontend framework, so we're able to not just discuss headless API use cases, but also how to use WunderGraph with a frontend framework.
Once initialized, we can start exploring the project structure. There's a
.wundergraph folder in the root that contains all the configuration files for WunderGraph alongside the
pages directory, which is where we can find the Next.js pages.
We'll dive into the configuration deeper in the following articles, but for now, let's have a quick look at how WunderGraph creates an API for us.
First, we add an API dependency to the
wundergraph.config.ts file, the main configuration file of WunderGraph.
This adds the SpaceX API to our project as an API dependency. WunderGraph will internally generate a GraphQL Schema from all API dependencies, more on that later.
For the moment, what we need to understand is that WunderGraph will not automatically expose a GraphQL API. It's possible, but not the main use case.
Instead, we have to define an "Operation" that will expose a REST-like / JSON-RPC Endpoint. We have two ways of doing this, either by creating a GraphQL Operation or a TypeScript Operation, depending on how much control we want to have over the endpoint.
Let's create a simple GraphQL Operation for now.
Great, we can now call the
/operations/Dragons endpoint to get a list of all the SpaceX Dragons.
The URL of the Operation is derived from the file name and path. That's enough for a Hello World, we'll dive deeper in the next articles.