Episode 5

RRU 005: Prisma and GraphCool with Nikolas Burk


April 3rd, 2018

1 hr 53 secs

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  • Charles Max Wood
  • Tara Manicsic
  • Kent C Dodds
  • Nader Dabit

Special Guests: Nikolas Burk

In this episode of React Round Up, the panel discusses Prisma and GraphCool with Nikolas Burk. Nikolas works as a developer at GraphCool, which is a small startup based in Berlin. Their latest product is Prisma, which is a GraphQL database proxy that turns your database into a GraphQL API. They talk about why you would want to use Prisma and the pros to utilizing GraphQL. They also touch on why they made GraphCool and Prisma open source so that more people could use it.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Nikolas introduction
  • What is GraphCool?
  • Prisma
  • Prisma is the core technology that is powering GraphCool
  • Sequel databases
  • How do you communicate differences to Prisma?
  • Using GraphQL as the interface to the database
  • GraphQL is much simpler
  • GraphQL Schema Definition Language
  • Why use Prisma?
  • Prisma as the database layer
  • Prisma is working on supporting more databases
  • What are the steps from database to messing with GraphCool and Prisma?
  • MongoDB
  • Schema driven or Schema first development
  • 2 GraphQL APIs
  • Prisma services
  • 3 types of clusters
  • Prisma Cloud
  • Boilerplate projects
  • Why open source?
  • And much, much more!