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Supergraph Modeling

In our first section, we'll take a look at how to model a supergraph. We believe strongly that by simply modeling your data and relationships, you should easily be able to produce an API that is both powerful and easy to use. We'll see that Hasura DDN allows for just that!

We'll begin by introducing two important concepts: subgraphs and supergraphs.

What is a subgraph?

A subgraph is composed of related data sources — be that as traditional databases, or as custom business logic — and is connected to your data layer using data connectors.

Hasura DDN utilizes a number of data connectors that work with popular databases, services, and APIs out-of-the-box; you can also build your own. These subgraphs can even include your own custom business logic as TypeScript functions that return or mutate data directly via your GraphQL API. This saves you the time and effort of building and maintaining your own APIs to manage data sources and existing microservices.

You can easily model these subgraphs using the new Hasura CLI and our LSP-enabled VS Code extension.

What is a supergraph?

A supergraph is a framework that brings together all of your data sources and relationships into a single graph. This graph can then be used to generate a single API that can be used to query and mutate data across all of your data sources. Below, you can see an example of what we'll build:

Supergraph Visualization

Hasura DDN automatically generates your supergraph based on subgraphs while giving you the freedom and flexibility to define relationships across your data sources.

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