sqlc VS Squirrel

Compare sqlc vs Squirrel and see what are their differences.

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sqlc Squirrel
169 52
10,837 6,505
5.6% 1.7%
9.7 2.8
4 days ago about 2 months ago
Go Go
MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of sqlc. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-26.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Squirrel. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-09-27.
  • Building RESTful API with Hexagonal Architecture in Go
    21 projects | dev.to | 27 Sep 2023
    It uses Gin as the HTTP framework and PostgreSQL as the database with pgx as the driver and Squirrel as the query builder. It also utilizes Redis as the caching layer with go-redis as the client.
  • Working with postgres in GO.
    2 projects | /r/golang | 3 Jul 2023
    I would add Squirrel to PGX https://github.com/Masterminds/squirrel
  • how to avoid writing dreadful SQL statements
    4 projects | /r/golang | 23 May 2023
    I have written about this before, and my thoughts always settle on using a query builder. I've built a simple one, which works for what I need, but there are more feature complete ones out there such as squirrel. I've also written about how you can implement a simple CRUD library for database interactions using generics and query building to have that nice middle-ground between an ORM and query building.
  • How do I enable filters for the user without writing redundant SQL?
    1 project | /r/golang | 15 May 2023
    Now for the dynamic queries you have to be really careful to prevent SQL injections, there are bunch of different ways to do it but I typically recommend using a package such as squirrel that lets you do this easily, you use it to generate the plain SQL you need (and then use sqlx, database/sql, pgx or whatever you prefer) or use it directly querying the database directly.
  • Best sqlc alternative for dynamic queries?
    8 projects | /r/golang | 15 May 2023
    Here are 2 options for you * https://github.com/huandu/go-sqlbuilder * https://github.com/Masterminds/squirrel
  • Golang RESTAPI boilerplate repository
    7 projects | /r/golang | 2 May 2023
    https://www.reddit.com/r/golang/comments/vq98ud/what_sql_library_are_you_using/ Jet havn't used but is one that looks promising! Otherwise I'm one of the purests, db/sql and https://github.com/Masterminds/squirrel
  • Why is Raw SQL preferred over ORM in go?
    7 projects | /r/golang | 15 Apr 2023
    I think he means an sql builder like squirrel. This allows dynamic queries, but more important you can reuse function that build a where clause so you can get a count and query with that.
  • Does Go, has something similar to Laravel eloquent (ORM) ?
    7 projects | /r/golang | 11 Apr 2023
    I'd rather suggest the use of tools more aligned with the core concepts of the language such as sqlx, which is an extension of the database/sql standard library. It allows you to use models/structs to map your tables but you have more control over the SQL statements you use to perform queries and the like. You can combine sqlx with Squirrel to build queries from composable parts.
  • Are there any decent ORMs in Golang?
    7 projects | /r/golang | 11 Mar 2023
    But using a query builder, something like squirrel or (plug) bqb, allows you to actually write SQL (or something close to it) when you need it but also handles the nasty string building bits. Though I agree that ORMs are not always bad, especially for small projects with well-defined scope.
  • GORM
    16 projects | /r/golang | 16 Feb 2023
    Plug for bqb as a query builder, but there's also squirrel which works pretty well too.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing sqlc and Squirrel you can also consider the following projects:

sqlx - general purpose extensions to golang's database/sql

goqu - SQL builder and query library for golang

GORM - The fantastic ORM library for Golang, aims to be developer friendly

SQLBoiler - Generate a Go ORM tailored to your database schema.

ent - An entity framework for Go

InfluxDB - Scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics

jet - Type safe SQL builder with code generation and automatic query result data mapping

sqlx - 🧰 The Rust SQL Toolkit. An async, pure Rust SQL crate featuring compile-time checked queries without a DSL. Supports PostgreSQL, MySQL, and SQLite.

pgx - PostgreSQL driver and toolkit for Go

go-mysql-elasticsearch - Sync MySQL data into elasticsearch