Zero-abstraction Postgres for TypeScript: a non-ORM database library (by jawj)

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  • Zapatos: Zero-Abstraction Postgres for TypeScript
    1 project | | 14 Oct 2023
  • Announcing a new TypeScript ORM
    4 projects | /r/typescript | 4 Feb 2023
    Requiring the user to define model classes for the "ORM" is a massive pain in large codebases and requiring the user to maintain these is just too much boilerplate. Seems extremely bloated compared to the simplicity of how the shortcuts are implemented in Zapatos or similar libraries where 90% of the code is compiled away for production.
  • Prisma ORM: how to use the great database mapping package
    11 projects | /r/programming | 14 May 2021
    Take a look at and
  • The complete guide to working with strings in modern JavaScript
    4 projects | | 13 Apr 2021
    I’m surprised to see no mention of tagged literals, a much more complex version of template literals. For users they may seem ~like a function call without parentheses. But they do quite a bit more.

    Short version: they accept an array of raw substrings and a variadic set of arguments corresponding to the runtime values provided in template positions, each positional value corresponding following the raw string preceding it.

    That raw array is more than what it seems, it also has a getter of raw string values for the template expressions. This is what String.raw (also not mentioned) uses to treat those arguments essentially the same way an untagged template literal would.

    It’s an odd design/interface but it can be used to do some pretty cool stuff. For example, Zapatos[1], a type-safe SQL library for TypeScript.

    My only complaints:

    - I can’t think of a real reason for it to be variadic, and this makes authoring them a little more error prone. You should be able to expect one array of strings with a length N, and one array of (type checkable/inferrable) values with a length N-1.

    2. Likewise I can’t think of a real reason for the raw values to be bolted onto a weird array subclass. It could just as easily have been an iterable third argument.


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