esqueleto: Bare bones, type-safe EDSL for SQL queries on persistent backends.
persistent is a library for type-safe data serialization. It
has many kinds of backends, such as SQL backends
persistent-sqlite) and NoSQL backends (
persistent is a nice library for storing and retrieving
records, currently it has a poor interface for SQL backends
compared to SQL itself. For example, it's extremely hard to do
JOIN on a many-to-one relation, and simply
impossible to do any other kinds of
JOINs (including for the
very common many-to-many relations). Users have the option of
writing raw SQL, but that's error prone and not type-checked.
esqueleto is a bare bones, type-safe EDSL for SQL queries
that works with unmodified
persistent SQL backends. Its
language closely resembles SQL, so (a) you don't have to learn
new concepts, just new syntax, and (b) it's fairly easy to
predict the generated SQL and optimize it for your backend.
Most kinds of errors committed when writing SQL are caught as
compile-time errors---although it is possible to write
esqueleto queries that fail at runtime.
DELETEs are supported.
Not all SQL features are available, but most of them can be easily added
(especially functions), so please open an issue or send a pull request if
you need anything that is not covered by
The name of this library means "skeleton" in Portuguese and contains all three SQL letters in the correct order =). It was inspired by Scala's Squeryl but created from scratch.