Welcome to 2023! At StepZen, we worked hard in 2022 to make building GraphQL APIs for all your Data as easy as possible. Every month the StepZen team shares the latest updates to StepZen in a livestream. This month's update includes the announcement of our Snowflake connector, a Vercel integration, exporting code snippets from the dashboard, and cool new content around using GraphQL for AI.

Watch the recording of the January 2023 Community Update on YouTube. Or scroll down to read the highlights.

Watch a recording of the January 2023 Community Update

Snowflake Connector

We're excited to announce that we've launched a new connector for Snowflake, allowing users to build modern data-heavy applications in the cloud. Snowflake is a fully managed service for cloud data storage, processing, and analytics, and millions of developers use GraphQL to access data through a single API. By adding a Snowflake connector to StepZen, developers can easily include analytics data from Snowflake in their applications through GraphQL. Both StepZen and Snowflake are designed to run in the cloud, providing end users with a seamless and performant experience. The Snowflake connector can be used in StepZen to generate queries, or advanced users can provide their questions. More information can be found in the StepZen Snowflake connector documentation.

Read the announcement blog or visit the documentation.

StepZen + Vercel

Our StepZen integration has been launched on the Vercel Marketplace, which makes it easy to build fullstack GraphQL projects in the cloud. Vercel is a serverless cloud platform for frontend developers that enables instant deployment and automatic scaling. Using StepZen and Vercel together, users can build and deploy a GraphQL API and frontend application with just a few clicks. The StepZen integration can be accessed on the Vercel Marketplace, and a fullstack GraphQL project can be created with one click, creating a StepZen GraphQL API and a Next.js application that consumes the API.

Read the announcement blog or visit the documentation. You can find the source code for the starter template in our examples GitHub repository.

Updates to the StepZen Dashboard

We've made some updates to the dashboard to make it even easier to build GraphQL APIs with StepZen. You can now explore your GraphQL API directly in the dashboard and export auto-generated code snippets. These code snippets include queries, mutations, and subscriptions, and can be used to connect to your GraphQL API from the terminal, JavaScript (Vanilla and React), Python, or any other language.

StepZen Dashboard Connect Code Snippets

You can also see your API usage statistics from the dashboard, including the number of requests and performance. Click here to open the StepZen dashboard and start exploring.

GraphQL for AI

Have you already tried ChatGPT? At StepZen, we've been playing around with OpenAI technology, such as GPT-3 text generation and DALL·E 2 image generation. And we've been having a lot of fun! My colleague, Viktor's article demonstrates how to add GPT-3 text and image generation to a GraphQL API for a feed of blog posts using StepZen. The API fetches the latest blog posts from an RSS feed. It extends its data to include a summary property containing a GPT-3 generated short summary of the post and an image property that links to a DALL·E 2 generated cover image.

You can find the blog post here and the complete source code in our examples GitHub repository.

See you next month!

Keep an eye out for new features and more integrations on our Twitter page and Discord community. We will see you next month for the StepZen Community Update of February 2023, on February 3, 2023. Livestreamed on YouTube and Twitch or available on YouTube afterward.