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Graphlient

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A friendlier Ruby client for consuming GraphQL-based APIs. Built on top of your usual graphql-client, but with better defaults, more consistent error handling, and using the faraday HTTP client.

Installation

Add the following line to your Gemfile.

gem 'graphlient'

Usage

Create a new instance of Graphlient::Client with a URL and optional headers.

client = Graphlient::Client.new('https://test-graphql.biz/graphql',
  headers: {
    'Authorization' => 'Bearer 123'
  }
)

The schema is available automatically via .schema.

client.schema # GraphQL::Schema

Make queries with query, which takes a String or a block for the query definition.

With a String.

response = client.query <<~GRAPHQL
  query {
    invoice(id: 10) {
      id
      total
      line_items {
        price
        item_type
      }
    }
  }
GRAPHQL

With a block.

response = client.query do
  query do
    invoice(id: 10) do
      id
      total
      line_items do
        price
        item_type
      end
    end
  end
end

This will call the endpoint setup in the configuration with POST, the Authorization header and query as follows.

query {
  invoice(id: 10) {
    id
    total
    line_items {
      price
      item_type
    }
  }
}

A successful response object always contains data which can be iterated upon. The following example returns the first line item's price.

response.data.invoice.line_items.first.price

You can also execute mutations the same way.

response = client.query do
  mutation do
    createInvoice(input: { fee_in_cents: 12_345 }) do
      id
      fee_in_cents
    end
  end
end

The successful response contains data in response.data. The following example returns the newly created invoice's ID.

response.data.create_invoice.first.id

Schema storing and loading on disk

To reduce requests to graphql API you can cache schema:

client = Client.new(url, schema_path: 'config/your_graphql_schema.json')
client.schema.dump! # you only need to call this when graphql schema changes

Error Handling

Unlike graphql-client, Graphlient will always raise an exception unless the query has succeeded.

All errors inherit from Graphlient::Errors::Error if you need to handle them in bulk.

Executing Parameterized Queries and Mutations

Graphlient can execute parameterized queries and mutations by providing variables as query parameters.

The following query accepts an array of IDs.

With a String.

query = <<-GRAPHQL
  query($ids: [Int]) {
    invoices(ids: $ids) {
      id
      fee_in_cents
    }
  }
GRAPHQL
variables = { ids: [42] }

client.query(query, variables)

With a block.

client.query(ids: [42]) do
  query(ids: [:int]) do
    invoices(ids: :ids) do
      id
      fee_in_cents
    end
  end
end

Graphlient supports following Scalar types for parameterized queries by default:

  • :id maps to ID
  • :boolean maps to Boolean
  • :float maps to Float
  • :int maps to Int
  • :string maps to String

You can use any of the above types with ! to make it required or use them in [] for array parameters.

For any other custom types, graphlient will simply use to_s of the symbol provided for the type, so query(ids: [:InvoiceType!]) will result in query($ids: [InvoiceType!]).

The following mutation accepts a custom type that requires fee_in_cents.

client.query(input: { fee_in_cents: 12_345 }) do
  mutation(input: :createInvoiceInput!) do
    createInvoice(input: :input) do
      id
      fee_in_cents
    end
  end
end

Parse and Execute Queries Separately

You can parse and execute queries separately with optional variables. This is highly recommended as parsing a query and validating a query on every request adds performance overhead. Parsing queries early allows validation errors to be discovered before request time and avoids many potential security issues.

# parse a query, returns a GraphQL::Client::OperationDefinition
query = client.parse do
  query(ids: [:int]) do
    invoices(ids: :ids) do
      id
      fee_in_cents
    end
  end
end

# execute a query, returns a GraphQL::Client::Response
client.execute query, ids: [42]

Dynamic vs. Static Queries

Graphlient uses graphql-client, which recommends building queries as static module members along with dynamic variables during execution. This can be accomplished with graphlient the same way.

Create a new instance of Graphlient::Client with a URL and optional headers.

module SWAPI
  Client = Graphlient::Client.new('https://test-graphql.biz/graphql',
    headers: {
      'Authorization' => 'Bearer 123'
    },
    allow_dynamic_queries: false
  )
end

The schema is available automatically via .schema.

SWAPI::Client.schema # GraphQL::Schema

Define a query.

module SWAPI
  InvoiceQuery = Client.parse do
    query(id: :int) do
      invoice(id: :id) do
        id
        fee_in_cents
      end
    end
  end
end

Execute the query.

response = SWAPI::Client.execute(SWAPI::InvoiceQuery, id: 42)

Note that in the example above the client is created with allow_dynamic_queries: false (only allow static queries), while graphlient defaults to allow_dynamic_queries: true (allow dynamic queries). This option is marked deprecated, but we're proposing to remove it and default it to true in graphql-client#128.

Generate Queries with Graphlient::Query

You can directly use Graphlient::Query to generate raw GraphQL queries.

query = Graphlient::Query.new do
  query do
    invoice(id: 10) do
      line_items
    end
  end
end

query.to_s
# "\nquery {\n  invoice(id: 10){\n    line_items\n    }\n  }\n"

Create API Client Classes with Graphlient::Extension::Query

You can include Graphlient::Extensions::Query in your class. This will add a new method_missing method to your context which will be used to generate GraphQL queries.

include Graphlient::Extensions::Query

query = query do
  invoice(id: 10) do
    line_items
  end
end

query.to_s
# "\nquery{\n  invoice(id: 10){\n    line_items\n    }\n  }\n"

Swapping the HTTP Stack

You can swap the default Faraday adapter for Net::HTTP.

client = Graphlient::Client.new('https://test-graphql.biz/graphql',
  http: Graphlient::Adapters::HTTP::HTTPAdapter
)

Testing with Graphlient and RSpec

Use Graphlient inside your RSpec tests in a Rails application or with Rack::Test against your actual application.

require 'spec_helper'

describe App do
  include Rack::Test::Methods

  def app
    # ...
  end

  let(:client) do
    Graphlient::Client.new('http://test-graphql.biz/graphql') do |client|
      client.http do |h|
        h.connection do |c|
          c.use Faraday::Adapter::Rack, app
        end
      end
    end
  end

  context 'an invoice' do
    let(:result) do
      client.query do
        query do
          invoice(id: 10) do
            id
          end
        end
      end
    end

    it 'can be retrieved' do
      expect(result.data.invoice.id).to eq 10
    end
  end
end

Alternately you can stub_request with Webmock.

describe App do
  let(:url) { 'http://example.com/graphql' }
  let(:client) { Graphlient::Client.new(url) }

  before do
    stub_request(:post, url).to_return(
      status: 200,
      body: DummySchema.execute(GraphQL::Introspection::INTROSPECTION_QUERY).to_json
    )
  end

  it 'retrieves schema' do
    expect(client.schema).to be_a Graphlient::Schema
  end
end

License

MIT License, see LICENSE