Improve prototyping speed of Prisma

Lukáš Huvar

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Prisma is really great "next-generation" ORM. It enables developers to work with databases effortlessly. It had one downside and that was prototyping annoying the developer experience.

Single command for schema changes

From 2.10.0 release release everything improved with possibility run just one single command! Prisma introduced a new prisma db namespace for commands that operates directly against the database.

prisma db push --preview-feature

It greatly improves prototyping speed, because the developer is no longer required to write migrations. The command's usage is mainly for prototyping and local environments. For production environments, you should use prisma migrate commands to run propper database migrations.

Save and run

If you are using VSCode we can improve prototyping even more. There is Save and Run extension, which enables us to run a command on save. You can install this extension trough Extensions in VScode or run this command:

code --install-extension

Next, you need to add settings file to your Prisma project to enable Save and Run to work on schema.prisma file.

  "saveAndRun": {
    "commands": [
        "match": "schema.prisma",
        "cmd": "yarn prisma db push --preview-feature",
        "silent": false

Here you can see whole flow in action. It deploys a new schema to database and generates types for PrismaClient.

Run Prisma db push command on save

You can use Save and run with oter tools, such as:

If you are not using VSCode you can use Watchman, entr or any other tools for watching file change.

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