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GraphpostgresQL -- a graph interface to relational data

GraphpostgresQL is inspired by Facebook's graphql. By using table introspection, GraphpostgresQL is able to follow foreign keys and index into complex datatypes like json, jsonb and hstore.

A Proof of Concept

GraphpostgresQL is alpha quality and has undergone neither extensive optimization nor comprehensive testing. To use it for production workloads would needlessly tempt fate.

Install GraphpostgresQL

Using psql, load the graphql schema file:

\i graphql.sql

All definitions are created under the graphql schema. GraphpostgresQL doesn't load any extensions or alter the search_path. If an older version of GraphpostgresQL is loaded, the new installation will overwrite it.

Using GraphpostgresQL

To generate a query, use graphql.to_sql(text):

SELECT graphql.to_sql($$
  user("f3411edc-e1d0-452a-bc19-b42c0d5a0e36") {

Which should result in something like:

SELECT to_json("sub/2") AS "user"
  FROM "user",
       LATERAL (
         SELECT json_agg("user") AS friendship
           FROM "user"
           JOIN friendship ON (("user".id) = (friendship.second))
          WHERE (friendship.first)
              = ('f3411edc-e1d0-452a-bc19-b42c0d5a0e36'::uuid)
       ) AS "sub/1",
       LATERAL (
         SELECT "user".full_name, "sub/1".friendship
       ) AS "sub/2"
 WHERE (("user".id) = ('f3411edc-e1d0-452a-bc19-b42c0d5a0e36'::uuid))

To run a query, use instead of graphql.to_sql(text).

Removing GraphpostgresQL

It's easy to remove GraphpostgresQL:



In GraphpostgresQL64, we'll introduce expanded selectors (nested selection in JSON columns, for example), an interface that accepts keyword parameters, and the ability to store and re-execute queries.

In GraphpostgresQL3D, we'll introduce a PL/V8 implementation, with extensible parsing, hooks and overall more modular implementation.