- Activating the default server
- Open up the default server that comes pre-configured with the module
- Configuring your schema
- Add a basic type to the schema configuration
- Building a schema with procedural code
- Use PHP code to build your schema
- Building the schema
- Turn your schema configuration into executable code
Building the schema
The primary API surface of the
silverstripe-graphql module is the configuration YAML, and
some procedural configuration as well. It is important to understand
that none of this configuration gets interpreted at runtime. Loading the schema configuration
at runtime and converting it to executable code has dire effects on performance, making
API requests slower and slower as the schema grows larger.
To mitigate this problem, the schema that gets executed at runtime is generated PHP code. This code generation happens during a build step, and it is critical to run this build step whenever the schema changes.
Running the build
The task that generates the schema code is
build-schema. It takes a parameter of
schema, whose value should be the name of the schema you want to build.
$ vendor/bin/sake dev/graphql/build schema=default
Keep in mind that many of your changes will be in YAML, which also requires a flush.
$ vendor/bin/sake dev/graphql/build schema=default flush=1
schemaparameter, the task will build all schemas.
Building on dev/build
By default, all schemas will be built as a side-effect of
dev/build. To disable this, change
SilverStripe\GraphQL\Extensions\DevBuildExtension: enabled: false
Generating code is a pretty expensive process. A large schema with 50 dataobject classes exposing all their operations can take up to 20 seconds to generate. This may be acceptable for initial builds and deployments, but during incremental development this can really slow things down.
To mitigate this, the generated code for each type is cached against a signature. If the type hasn't changed, it doesn't re-render. This reduces build times to under one second for incremental changes.
Clearing the cache
Normally, we'd use
flush=1 to clear the cache, but since you almost always need to run
flush=1 with the build task, it isn't a good fit. Instead, use
$ vendor/bin/sake dev/graphql/build schema=default clear=1
If your schema is producing unexpected results, try using
clear=1 to eliminate the possibility
of a caching issue. If the issue is resolved, record exactly what you changed and create an issue.
Keep in mind that it's not always explicit schema configuration changes that require a build. Anything influencing the output of the schema will require a build. This could include tangential changes such as:
- Updating the
$dbarray (or relationships) of a DataObject that has
- Adding a new resolver for a type that uses resolver discovery
- Adding an extension to a DataObject
- Adding a new subclass to a DataObject that is already exposed
- If you are using Silverstripe CMS **without the silverstripe/assets module installed, the build task will leave a
.graphqlfile artefact in your public directory for CMS reference. Though it doesn't contain any highly sensitive data, we recommend you block this file from being viewed by outside traffic.
Viewing the generated code
By default, the generated code is placed in the
.graphql/ directory in the root of your project.
It is not meant to be accessible through your webserver (which is ensured by dot-prefixing)
and keeping it outside of the
Additional files are generated for CMS operation in
those are meant to be accessible through your webserver.
See Tips and Tricks: Schema Introspection
to find out how to generate these files for your own schema.