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GraphQL connector for Brick, a data persistence library. Includes annotations, adapter, model, and provider.

Brick GraphQL #

Core logic for interfacing with a GraphQL server with Brick.

How Brick Generates GraphQL Data #

Because Brick interpolates with other providers, such as SQLite, there must be a single point of generation. This library elects to generate the code from Dart (instead of from a GraphQL generator like Artemis) so that configuration for these providers can exist in the same source of truth.

Supported Query Configuration #

Since Dart is the source of truth, it may not map 1:1 to the GraphQL contract. Brick will intelligently guess what operation to use and send generated variables based on the Dart model. However, it can always be overriden with a Query(providerArgs).

providerArgs: #

  • 'operation' (GraphqlOperation) apply this operation instead of one of the defaults from graphqlOperationTransformer. The document subfields will not be populated by the model.
  • 'context' (Map<String, ContextEntry>) apply this as the context to the request instead of an empty object. Useful for subsequent consumers/Links of the request. The key should be the runtime type of the ContextEntry.

variablesNamespace

Some GraphQL systems may utilize a single variable property for all operations. By default, Brick can wrap all variables of all requests within a top-level key:

# GraphqlProvider(variablesNamespace: 'vars')

query MyOperation($vars: MyInputClass!) {
  myOperation(vars: $vars) {}
}

💡 providerArgs['operation'].variables will never be wrapped by variablesNamespace

where: #

Values supplied to where: are transformed into variables sent with queries and subscriptions. Variables autopopulated from Query(where:) are overriden by - not mixed with - providerArgs: {'operation'}.variables

Query(where: [
  Where('name').isExactly('Thomas')
])
// => {'name': 'Thomas'}

To extend a query with custom properties, use GraphqlProvider#queryToVariables:

final query = Query.where('name', 'Thomas');
final variables = {
  ...graphqlProvider.queryToVariables(query),
  'myCustomVariable': true,
};

⚠️ Association values within Where are not converted to variables.

#toJson and subfields #

When a field's type's class has a #toJson method that returns a Map, subfields will be automatically populated on requests based on the final instance fields of that field's type.

class Hat {
  final String fabric;
  final int width;

  Hat({this.fabric, this.width});

  Map<String, dynamic> toJson() => {'fabric': fabric, 'width': width};
}

class Mounty {
  final Hat hat;
  final String horseName
  final String name;
}

Produces the following GraphQL document on query or subscription:

query {
  myQueryName {
    hat {
      fabric
      width
    }
    horseName
    name
  }
}

Models #

To reduce copypasta-ing the same GraphQL document and variables, all operations can be set in a single place alongside the model configuration.

  1. Create a new class that extends GraphqlQueryOperationTransformer:
    class UserQueryOperationTransformer extends GraphqlQueryOperationTransformer {}
    
  2. This class has access to every request's query, and for delete and upsert, instance. You can use these properties to tell Brick which GraphQL operation to use.
    class UserQueryOperationTransformer extends GraphqlQueryOperationTransformer {
      GraphqlOperation get upsert {
        if (query.where != null) {
          return GraphqlOperation(document: r'''
            mutation UpdateUserName($name: String!) {
              updateUserName(input: $input) {}
            }
          ''');
        }
        return GraphqlOperation(document: r'''
          mutation CreateUser($input: UserInput!) {
            createUser(input: $input) {}
          }
        ''');
      }
    }
    
  3. In complex cases where the entire model is not being transmitted, variables can also be supplied.
    class UserQueryOperationTransformer extends GraphqlQueryOperationTransformer {
      GraphqlOperation get upsert {
        if (query.where != null) {
          return GraphqlOperation(
            document: r'''
              mutation UpdateUserName($name: String!) {
                updateUserName(input: $input) {}
              }
            ''',
            variables: {'name': Where.firstByField('name', query.where)});
        }
        return null;
      }
    }
    
  4. Use the class in GraphqlSerializable:
    @GraphqlSerializable(
      queryOperationTransformer: UserQueryOperationTransformer.new
    )
    

💡 Only headers need to be supplied; nodes can be supplied to override default behavior of fetching all fields requested by the model. To use autopopulated nodes provided by the model (with respect to @Graphql configuration), use an empty node selection (e.g. deleteUser(vars: $vars) {}).

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brick_core, collection, gql, gql_exec, gql_link, logging, meta

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