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GraphQL Haskell Tutorial

Getting started

Welcome to GraphQL!

We have written a small tutorial to help you (and ourselves) understand the graphql package.

Since this file is a literate haskell file, we start by importing some dependencies.

{-# LANGUAGE OverloadedStrings #-}
module Main where

import Control.Monad.IO.Class (liftIO)
import Data.Aeson (encode)
import Data.ByteString.Lazy.Char8 (putStrLn)
import qualified Data.HashMap.Strict as HashMap
import Data.Text (Text)
import qualified Data.Text as Text
import Data.Time (getCurrentTime)

import Language.GraphQL
import Language.GraphQL.Type
import qualified Language.GraphQL.Type.Out as Out

import Prelude hiding (putStrLn)

First example

Now, as our first example, we are going to look at the example from graphql.js.

First we build a GraphQL schema.

schema1 :: Schema IO
schema1 = schema queryType Nothing Nothing mempty

queryType :: ObjectType IO
queryType = ObjectType "Query" Nothing []
    $ HashMap.singleton "hello"
    $ ValueResolver helloField hello

helloField :: Field IO
helloField = Field Nothing (Out.NamedScalarType string) mempty

hello :: Resolve IO
hello = pure $ String "it's me"

This defines a simple schema with one type and one field, that resolves to a fixed value.

Next we define our query.

query1 :: Text
query1 = "{ hello }"

To run the query, we call the graphql with the schema and the query.

main1 :: IO ()
main1 = graphql schema1 query1
    >>= either (const $ pure ()) (putStrLn . encode)

This runs the query by fetching the one field defined, returning

{"data" : {"hello":"it's me"}}

Monadic actions

For this example, we're going to be using time.

schema2 :: Schema IO
schema2 = schema queryType2 Nothing Nothing mempty

queryType2 :: ObjectType IO
queryType2 = ObjectType "Query" Nothing []
    $ HashMap.singleton "time"
    $ ValueResolver timeField time

timeField :: Field IO
timeField = Field Nothing (Out.NamedScalarType string) mempty

time :: Resolve IO
time = do
    t <- liftIO getCurrentTime
    pure $ String $ Text.pack $ show t

This defines a simple schema with one type and one field, which resolves to the current time.

Next we define our query.

query2 :: Text
query2 = "{ time }"

main2 :: IO ()
main2 = graphql schema2 query2
    >>= either (const $ pure ()) (putStrLn . encode)

This runs the query, returning the current time

{"data": {"time":"2016-03-08 23:28:14.546899 UTC"}}

Combining resolvers

Now that we have two resolvers, we can define a schema which uses them both.

schema3 :: Schema IO
schema3 = schema queryType3 Nothing Nothing mempty

queryType3 :: ObjectType IO
queryType3 = ObjectType "Query" Nothing [] $ HashMap.fromList
    [ ("hello", ValueResolver helloField hello)
    , ("time", ValueResolver timeField time)
    ]

query3 :: Text
query3 = "query timeAndHello { time hello }"

main3 :: IO ()
main3 = graphql schema3 query3
    >>= either (const $ pure ()) (putStrLn . encode)

This queries for both time and hello, returning

{ "data": {"hello":"it's me","time":"2016-03-08 23:29:11.62108 UTC"}}

Notice that we can name our queries, as we did with timeAndHello. Since we have only been using single queries, we can use the shorthand { time hello }, as we have been doing in the previous examples.

In GraphQL there can only be one operation per query.

Updated by Eugen Wissner about 2 months ago · 1 revisions