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On a recent project we were asked by a client if it would be possible to host a React app using serverless technologies, but also ensure that traffic never left their VPC and corporate network.

In this post I'm going to talk about how we achieved this outcome, and how it proved to be more of a challenge than we first thought it would be.

Learning how to write a GraphQL server is one of the biggest challenges I've seen for those who are new to GraphQL. This is because it requires a change in mindset, especially if you are accustomed to writing REST servers. Specifically, instead of thinking in terms of implementing individual endpoints in isolation, you have to think in terms of implementing an entire GraphQL schema that can be queried in any way.