The Distributed SQL Blog

Thoughts on distributed databases, open source and cloud native

GraphQL & Distributed SQL Tips and Tricks – July 10, 2020

Welcome to this week’s tips and tricks blog where we explore topics related to combining GraphQL and YugabyteDB to develop scalable APIs and services. We’ll also review upcoming events, new documentation, and blogs that have been published since the last tips and tricks post.

This next section is for those of you who might be new to either GraphQL or distributed SQL.

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INSERT INTO Yugabyte (We’re Hiring Developer Advocates)

It has been an exciting last few weeks here at Yugabyte! We closed our Series B funding round, Bill Cook (formerly of Pivotal and Greenplum) joined as our new CEO, we reaffirmed our commitment to open source, and achieved a bunch of cool community adoption milestones. We are hiring for several roles across engineering,

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Polymorphism in SQL part two – variadic functions

YugabyteDB is an open source, high-performance distributed SQL database built on a scalable and fault-tolerant design inspired by Google Spanner. YugabyteDB uses its own special distributed document store called DocDB. But it provides SQL and stored procedure functionality by re-using the “upper half” of the standard PostgreSQL source code. This is explained in the two part blog post “Distributed PostgreSQL on a Google Spanner Architecture”: (1) Storage Layer;

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Polymorphism in SQL part one – anyelement and anyarray

The term “polymorphism”, and its inflections, has various meanings in the context of programming languages in general. Roughly, it means “chameleon-like”. Of course, Wikipedia has something to say about it, here. PostgreSQL uses it with this meaning: “Parametric polymorphism: when one or more types are not specified by name but by… symbols that can represent any type”.

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Follow-up: Evaluating CockroachDB vs YugabyteDB Webinar

Earlier this week, Yugabyte CTO Karthik Ranganathan presented the live webinar: Evaluating CockroachDB vs YugabyteDB, with a spotlight on comparing PostgreSQL features, architecture, and the latest performance benchmarks between the two databases. We were delighted to see such interest in the topic, dive deeper into some of the topics we raised in parts 1 and parts 2 of the blog series,

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Part 1: Deploying a Distributed SQL Backend for Apache Airflow on Google Cloud

Apache Airflow is a popular platform for programmatically authoring, scheduling, and monitoring workflows. Airflow has been deployed by companies like Adobe, Airbnb, Etsy, Instacart, and Square. The advantage of defining workflows as code is that they become more maintainable, versionable, testable, and collaborative. Airflow is used to author these workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks.

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Follow-up: Postgres Conference Webinar – Introduction to YugabyteDB

I delivered the webinar “YugabyteDB: a distributed PostgreSQL database” last week. It was hosted by Postgres Conference in a series that they’d arranged so that the speakers who’d been selected to speak at their big annual conference in New York City in March could reach their audience. COVID-19 brought that event’s cancellation. This brief post tells you where you can find the edited videorecording and the PDF version of the slides that I used.

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