MFS401 : Table of Contents

Chapter 3

Lesson 2

API Odyssey: REST, GraphQL, and the Art of API Navigation


Database connection options (direct, pooling, APIs)

GraphQL Basics

Integrate Typescript using Supabase’s type generation


Unstructured data storage

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As we have seen so far, Supabase uses Postgres as the underlying database for its services. Aligned with its open-source-first philosophy, Supabase also ensures that the database can be used at its purest form. While Supabase spawns and maintains the database for a project, the developer has the freedom to choose from a wide range of options to interact with the database.

A direct connect to the Database

We can connect to the Postgres database in Supabase directly with the database credentials. When creating the project, Supabase asks the developer to select a database password. We can use that password along with host, port, user, and the database name, to connect to the database directly. There are plenty of platforms to connect to a Postgres database. One of the most popular and recommended in pgAdmin.

We can also use libraries such as node-postgres to directly connect to the database in a Node.js project. We may also use a database ORM (such as Prisma) to interact with the database. ORMs often provide additional type safety and a powerful query API to interact with any database.

Connection pooling in a database

Connecting directly to the database is definitely flexible and powerful. Nonetheless, establishing a connection with the database is an expensive operation in time and resources for the database. Databases also have a limited number of connection slots. Optimizing database connection requests is even harder in a serverless application, since for each serverless invocation, it may require multiple temporary connections. This is where connection pooling comes in handy.

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