Elide - Opinionated APIs for web & mobile

Tomek Poniatowicz

Tomek Poniatowicz

A while ago I wrote about Super Graph which turns GraphQL queries into a single SQL query. Today let's take a look at a very similar Java project called Elide.

What's Elide

Elide is a Java library provided by Yahoo! which aims to boost the development velocity of your projects by enabling you to stand up a JSON API or GraphQL web service with minimal effort starting from a JPA annotated data model. Elide allows you to quickly build and deploy production-ready JSON-API & GraphQL service letting you fetch entire object graphs in a single round trip. It supports multiple data model mutations in a single request in both JSON-API & GraphQL service. Creating objects, setting up relationships as well as updating or deleting, all is handled in a single atomic request.

  • Production Quality - build and deploy production-ready web services that expose your data as a service the way you need it.

  • Security - control access to your data by defining custom rules and annotating your models.

  • Mobile-Friendly - get only the data you asked for; fetch entire object graphs in a single round trip.

  • Single Atomic Request - Create objects, set up relationships, update, delete - all together in a single atomic request.

  • Customize - define custom behaviors for your data model operations, data validation annotations & request lifecycle hooks.

Elide is 100% open source under the commercial-friendly Apache 2.0 License.

How to use Elide

1. Define a model - as mentioned above Elide bases on a JPA annotated data model so our first step it setting it up & including relationships to other models using Java, Kotlin, Groovy or other JVM languages,

2 Secure - next step is securing access to our model's fields and entities through a declarative permission syntax,

3. Expose - then making instances of your new model accessible through a top-level collection or if you prefer restricted access through relationships to other models,

4. Deploy & Query - once all above is done you are good to deploy and query your data with JSON or GraphQL requests.

Source: elide.io

If you want to learn more about Elide or thinking about incorporating it to your product make sure the check Elide's documentation.

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