Data DX
A manifesto
for effortlessly building data-driven apps

Traditional methods for building data-driven apps are falling short.


With increasing data complexity, developers face growing challenges in managing, integrating, and deploying data-driven solutions.


Data operations go beyond create, read, update, and delete (CRUD). Data must be accurate yet instantly accessible and adaptable across diverse platforms and locations.

Navigating these intricacies can be daunting, often forcing developers to dive deep into learning new tech or make tradeoffs that affect application performance.


This calls for a novel approach to make data-focused development faster, simpler, and more efficient.

The Data DX Manifesto

Introducing Data Developer Experience, or for short, Data DX: a philosophy that promotes simplicity in data-driven application development without sacrificing depth or functionality.

Through Data DX, developers gain an efficient and enjoyable way to build with tools tailored to address challenges unique to how data-driven applications are built.

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Discover the principles that Data DX embodies

The Data DX principles ensure developers gain efficiency, innovation, and simplicity in data-driven application development.


🤍 Show us which are your favorite Data DX principles!

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Enhanced productivity

Data DX tools abstract away the complexities of database caching, real-time events, and more, so developers can focus on writing code and creating applications rather than getting bogged down in intricate data operations.

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Faster development cycles

Data DX tools simplify complex data workflows and reduce the need for elaborate setups so developers can speed up the development cycle. This means getting products and features to market swiftly to stay ahead in a competitive landscape.

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More enjoyable coding

By integrating features like type safety, development becomes not just about achieving tasks but doing so with greater convenience and pleasure. Data DX makes the entire coding experience more intuitive and enjoyable.

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Reduced learning curve

Data DX enables developers to get started as quickly as possible. A combination of user-friendly UI, UX, and DX, comprehensive documentation, and tutorials do away with steep learning curves.

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Unified approach to data

Instead of juggling multiple tools and platforms, Data DX strives for a unified, cohesive approach to working with data that developers can reuse and take from project to project, database to database.

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Simplified data operations

Managing data operations beyond the basic CRUD (create, read, update, delete) operations can be cumbersome. With Data DX, these become more intuitive, developer-friendly, and streamlined.

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Optimized performance

Instead of delving into complex optimization processes, developers can concentrate on core development, knowing that performance is guaranteed. Features such as managed connection pooling enable developers to make sure their apps scale well and maintain high performance.

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Community and support

A dedicated category like Data DX brings a focused community and better support. Developers can tap into shared knowledge, best practices, and solutions to common challenges.

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Continuous innovation

As with any evolving category, developers can expect continuous Data DX innovation in the form of regular updates, new features, and improvements, ensuring they always have access to cutting-edge tools and practices.

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Robust reliability

Leveraging industry standards and existing tools, Data DX solutions are dependable, reducing the potential for bugs or data issues.

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Cost-effective

As developers spend less time grappling with complexity and more time innovating, organizations can realize tangible cost benefits.

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Explore product creation best practices for Data DX

Companies creating products should consider best practices that enhance the developer's experience, making complex data tasks more accessible and intuitive.

Intuitive UI, UX, and DX

Prioritize a user-friendly and intuitive developer experience, for example, with clear dashboards, easy navigation, and visualization tools.

Seamless integration

Ensure compatibility with popular frameworks, databases, and tools without requiring considerable tech stack changes.

Performance monitoring and optimization

Offer tools to automatically monitor database performance and suggest optimizations, making it easier for developers to maintain performance 
without being database experts.

Scalability solutions

Include features that handle scalability issues, such as connection pooling, caching, and sharding. Make them easy to implement and transparent to the developer.

Real-time capabilities

Given the rise of real-time applications, provide utilities allowing for easy subscription to data changes, streaming, and handling real-time events.

Data versioning and rollbacks

Facilitate data versioning and rollbacks to easily manage and correct errors, similar to how developers version and rollback code.

Security and access control

Offer robust security features, such as data encryption, role-based access control, and authentication integrations, so developers can confidently secure their applications.

Data migration tools

Assist developers in migrating data from one environment or database to another without loss or significant downtime.

Flexible query capabilities

Offer capabilities to query data easily using standard methods and more advanced analytics or search capabilities.

Backup and recovery

Include automated backup solutions and easy-to-use data recovery tools, ensuring developers can swiftly recover from potential data loss scenarios.

Extensibility and plugins

Consider building an extensible platform where developers can add plugins or extensions. So, new needs can be addressed even if not natively supported by the core product.

Cross-platform and multi-language support

Given the diversity of development environments, ensure tools work across different platforms and support various programming languages.

Cost management

Provide tools for monitoring and understanding resource consumption and associated costs, particularly in cloud-based environments.

Collaborative features

Since most development is done in teams, include features supporting collaboration, such as shared configuration, comment annotations, and collaborative debugging.

What Data DX product creators are saying

Prisma’s journey with Data DX

“Data DX was always present in everything 
we did at Prisma; we just didn’t have a name for it.”

At Prisma, we've always practiced the Data DX philosophy; it has been at the heart of our work even before it had a name.


Since Graphcool's inception and through Prisma's evolutions, our primary goal has always been to optimize the experience of interacting with databases for developers.


Today, our commitment to Data DX remains strong, and we are broadening our toolset to equip developers with solutions for the challenges of building data-rich applications.

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