SQLDelight VS jOOQ

Compare SQLDelight vs jOOQ and see what are their differences.

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SQLDelight jOOQ
32 93
5,908 5,874
1.6% 0.7%
9.6 9.8
5 days ago 13 days ago
Kotlin Java
Apache License 2.0 GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of SQLDelight. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-15.


Posts with mentions or reviews of jOOQ. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-01.
  • ORMs are nice but they are the wrong abstraction
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 1 Feb 2024
  • Do jOOQ DAOs support Kotlin Coroutines with R2DBC?
    1 project | /r/jOOQ | 21 Nov 2023
    See: https://github.com/jOOQ/jOOQ/issues/5916
  • Ask HN: What's your experience with stored procedures-heavy systems?
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 18 Aug 2023
    I've worked on a few systems that were stored procedure heavy with Microsoft SQL server, not so much because I am a .NET guy, some of these came when I was working on super-random projects for a consulting company.

    My take is that it is a lot like building a system that has an API over the database except that instead of writing in API in, say, Java and exposing it through an http API with, say, JAX-RS, you are writing the API in stored procedures and accessing it through JDBC or ODBC or the native API of the database.

    It seems very possible to build some thin layer that uses metadata to make an http API over stored procedures.

    I'd say that systems like that can work very well.

    The basic challenge is maintaining version control over your scripts, my coworkers were rubyists on my first such project and built a system inspired by migrations in Ruby on Rails where we wrote up and down migration scripts for every database change. I carried that approach to other projects where the people had less discipline to begin with. There is a little awkwardness there that the "down" script that reverts a procedure to a previous version has a cut-and-pasted copy of the old version of the stored procedure, if I had to do it over again I'd make something where each version of a stored proc is in a numbered file and the "migrations" just say "upgrade ABC proc to version 7" or maybe you could make something that looks into the VCS and finds the old version.

    From what I've read, PL/SQL from Oracle looks a lot better than the Transact-SQL language in SQL server but I've never done a major project with Oracle. Most places I've worked at recently use PostgreSQL and I think this would be a viable architecture for that.

    One area where it seems to be a hassle is with the "query builder" pattern, for instance where I work now we have a very complex search form with a huge number of options that builds a SQL query. I think you can do that kind of thing with what they call "Dynamic SQL", see


    but it seems preferable to do that kind of thing with a real programming language, particularly if you have tools like


  • SQL based language for the SQL impaired?
    1 project | /r/SQL | 10 Jul 2023
    I have a bachelor's in computer science, took a databases class in college (which I did poorly in), and worked as a backend developer for two years, but I always struggled with SQL. I can do the basic SELECT * FROM table WHERE column = 1 but when the SQL statement gets long with lots of joins I couldn't understand it and relied on another programmer for help. When I need to build a website myself I end up going with MongoDB because that allows me to write code instead of writing SQL. That being said, instead of doing all the data processing stuff in the backend, I'd like to try doing as much of it as I can in the database and learn some programmimg language that is SQL-esque (for my next personal project). I know Scala and am very comfortable doing functional programming stuff like List(1,2,3).filter(_.isEven()) to get the even numbers in a list or writing List(1,2,3).reduce(_+_) to apply the addition operation on all the numbers in a list. I know the Big Data framework Apache Spark is written in and works with Scala, but I really want to learn something that works with a traditional database that runs on one centralized server and not have to worry about the distributed computing MapReduce paradigm stuff (also installing the Big Data ecosystem on my personal computer is a pain). Like I want to try building something with a traditional database like Oracle, SQL Server, etc. Something I find really helpful is having IDE code error highlighting and auto-completion and the ability to run a static analysis code quality checker tool, which I can do with Scala code, but I don't know of a way to have those things with traditional SQL Strings sent from the backend to the database. I know of things like Java's JOOQ or C#'s LINQ, but I don't want to use one of those, I want to use something in the database that is database specific and pushes as much data processing as possible into the database. I heard of languages like PL/SQL, T-SQL, and PL/pgSQL to add procedural control to SQL, making it like a real programming language. On Wikipedia I found this list of PL/SQL editors but there are so many choices and I don't know which one to pick (it has to not cost me money and I would love one that has auto-completion with error highlighting and suggestions or maybe some sort of graphical query builder tool that gives me choices of what to put to compose my statement). I saw someone on Reddit say that more recently they added the ability to add database triggers in various programming languages. I also heard mentions online of this thing called "dbt" which adds software engineering tools like version control to SQL, but I don't know if that can help me get around my difficulty with SQL or if it is something I would want to use. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • Spring boot ili asp.net core?
    1 project | /r/programiranje | 1 Jul 2023
    Spring Boot, ili ako bi nesto vise lightweight u Javi Spark + jOOQ
  • Is ORM still an anti-pattern?
    15 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Jun 2023
    > I've been doing ORM on Java since Hibernate was new, and it has always sucked.

    Have you ever looked at something like myBatis? In particular, the XML mappers: https://mybatis.org/mybatis-3/dynamic-sql.html

    Looking back, I actually quite liked it - you had conditionals and ability to build queries dynamically (including snippets, doing loops etc.), while still writing mostly SQL with a bit of XML DSL around it, which didn't suck as much as one might imagine. The only problem was that there was still writing some boilerplate, which I wasn't the biggest fan of.

    Hibernate always felt like walking across a bridge that might collapse at any moment (one eager fetch away from killing the performance, or having some obscure issue related to the entity mappings), however I liked tooling that let you point towards your database and get a local set of entities mapped automatically, even though codegen also used to have some issues occasionally (e.g. date types).

    That said, there's also projects like jOOQ which had a more code centric approach, although I recall it being slightly awkward to use in practice: https://www.jooq.org/ (and the autocomplete killed the performance in some IDEs because of all the possible method signatures)

    More recently, when working on a Java project, I opted for JDBI3, which felt reasonably close to what you're describing, at the expense of not being able to build dynamic queries as easily, as it was with myBatis: https://jdbi.org/

    That said, with the multi-line string support we have in Java now, it was rather pleasant regardless: https://blog.kronis.dev/tutorials/2-4-pidgeot-a-system-for-m...

    I don't think there's a silver bullet out there, everything from lightweight ORMs, to heavy ORMs like Hibernate, or even writing pure SQL has drawbacks. You just have to make the tradeoffs that will see you being successful in your particular project.

  • SQL-Parsing
    2 projects | /r/SQL | 25 Jun 2023
    Have a look at jooq - I know this has been used to rewrite SQL from one dialect to another, so it MUST be capable of collating code activity metrics. Look here. Otherwise, you might want to look into writing your own parser. ANTLR has a T-SQL dialect parser script here.
  • Magnum: A new Scala 3 Database Client
    4 projects | /r/scala | 14 Jun 2023
    Feature requests go here: https://github.com/jOOQ/jOOQ/issues/new/choose. Looking forward!
  • Looking4Library: A GraphQL client that has query methods on the generated types
    3 projects | /r/typescript | 4 Jun 2023
    You may have the fortune of being familiar with the jOOQ library for Java/JVM apps, that can generate domain models based on your database schema, as well as methods on these classes to perform queries. In case you're not, here an example Postgres schema:
  • Do you use DB Enum Types?
    1 project | /r/ExperiencedDevs | 30 May 2023
    Some of our applications already use DB schema-based code generation too (e.g. jOOQ), which makes using the DB-defined enum quite easy.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing SQLDelight and jOOQ you can also consider the following projects:

Exposed - Kotlin SQL Framework

Querydsl - Unified Queries for Java

Realm Asset Helper - A small library to help with Realm.IO integration in Android apps

JDBI - The Jdbi library provides convenient, idiomatic access to relational databases in Java and other JVM technologies such as Kotlin, Clojure or Scala.

Ktorm - A lightweight ORM framework for Kotlin with strong-typed SQL DSL and sequence APIs.

Spring Data JPA - Simplifies the development of creating a JPA-based data access layer.

RoomAsset - A helper library to help using Room with existing pre-populated database [DEPRECATED].

HikariCP - 光 HikariCP・A solid, high-performance, JDBC connection pool at last.

Realm - Realm is a mobile database: a replacement for Core Data & SQLite

Speedment - Speedment is a Stream ORM Java Toolkit and Runtime

ObjectBox Java (Kotlin, Android) - Java and Android Database - fast and lightweight without any ORM

sql2o - sql2o is a small library, which makes it easy to convert the result of your sql-statements into objects. No resultset hacking required. Kind of like an orm, but without the sql-generation capabilities. Supports named parameters.