Dec 2, 2021 • 1HR 9M

Software at Scale 38 - Hasura with Tanmai Gopal

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Tanmai Gopal is the founder of Hasura, an API as a service platform. Hasura lets you skip writing API layers and exposes automatic GraphQL APIs that talk to your database, trigger external actions, and much more.

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We talk about the implementation of a “compiler as a service”, the implications of primarily having a Haskell production codebase, their experience with GraphQL, hiring product managers technical enough to build useful features, some new and upcoming Hasura features, and riff about the current state of front-end development and `npm` hell.

Highlights

00:20 - What does the name Hasura mean?

02:00 - What does Hasura do?

04:00 - Why build this layer of the stack?

08:00 - How to deal with authentication if APIs are exposed directly via the database.

26:00 - Does Hasura make production applications faster?

33:00 - JSON Aggregation in modern databases

38:00 - Why Haskell?

44:00 - How do you write quality Haskell? How does hiring for Haskell positions work out in practice?

55:00 - Application servers do much more than just talk to databases. How does Hasura provide escape hatches so that non-database interactions (for eg: talking to Stripe) work out?